• U.S. Army PFC Lawrence S. Gordon was killed in Normandy on Aug. 13, 1944 in Normandy. He was mistakenly buried as a German unknown soldier in a cemetery in France. His family produced exhaustive research that pointed to Gordon’s whereabouts, but the U.S. military didn’t act on the case. Instead the French and German governments moved forward to exhume Gordon and identify him with DNA. (Courtesy of Gordon family)

    Finally Home

    The WWII Hero America Abandoned

    For more than 50 years, Army PFC Lawrence S. Gordon was mistakenly interred as a German soldier in a cemetery in France. The U.S. never corrected the mistake.

    U.S. Army Private First Class Lawrence S. Gordon—killed in Normandy in 1944, then mistakenly buried as a German soldier—will soon be going home to his family.

    But don’t thank the American military for this belated return. The Pentagon declined to act on his case, despite exhaustive research by civilian investigators that pointed to the location of his remains.

  • Two F-22 Raptors fly over the Pacific Ocean. (Getty)

    Pentagon Not Ready for Cold War 2

    The U.S. military spent decades pivoting away from its Cold War stance. Now the Pentagon is less prepared than it has been in generations for a confrontation with Russia.

    There’s an old saying in the military that we’re always training for the last war, so fixated on the lessons of our most recent conflict that we’re blind to the emerging threat.

    For years, that last war was the Cold War, and the emerging threat was the insurgents of Iraq and Afghanistan. Slowly, painfully, eventually, the military reoriented itself. The result? After more than two decades of post Cold War re-alignment, the military is less prepared than it has been in generations for a confrontation with Russia.

  • U.S. Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

    Defense Shutdown

    Pentagon Keeps Workers Guessing About Pay

    The military is supposed to be protected from the shutdown but many defense workers supporting the military still don’t know if their next check is coming, explains Hanqing Chen.

    As the first week of the government shut down comes to a close, many Defense Department employees are still wondering whether and when their paychecks will come.

    This confusion comes after an eleventh hour bill was passed to keep military personnel paid during the shut down. President Barack Obama passed the Pay Our Military Act on Sept. 30 to provide for pay for currently serving military members and essential civilian employees in the Department of Defense. But who exactly qualifies as an essential employee was never spelled out and is still being decided by the DOD while workers are left wondering.