Archive: Civil-Military Relations

The Rains Fail

By Clint Douglas Today's New York Times contains a particularly disturbing piece about the drought in Afghanistan and the looming certainty of widespread famine throughout the country this winter. Given the more attention grabbing and violent headlines coming out of Afghanistan and Pakistan, I doubt that this unwelcome news will...

By | September 19, 2008; 05:18 PM ET | Comments (4)

Supporting Those Who Serve - All of Them

By Janine Davidson Last night, as I was flipping through the TV channels I stumbled upon the ABC special, "America United in Support of Our Troops." This 2-hour prime-time extravaganza, filmed on the beach near Camp Pendleton in California, included such stars as Janet Jackson, Snoop Dog, Toby Keith, and...

By | September 8, 2008; 10:19 PM ET | Comments (3)

On Leave

Last week I began working for the Obama campaign as its national veterans director. Although I have been open on this blog about my support for Obama, my new job requires me to recuse myself from blogging for the duration of the campaign. Intel Dump will continue to reside here...

By Phillip Carter | July 14, 2008; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (168)

Congress's Military Spouse

Politico has a great profile of Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.) today that covers everything from her marriage to Navy officer and astronaut Mark Kelly to the last time she changed a tire in Arizona. I've met Rep. Giffords on a couple of occasions, including a military readiness roundtable in her...

By Phillip Carter | July 11, 2008; 12:39 PM ET | Comments (9)

War Dames

Women rise to prominence in the defense world's counterinsurgency community.

By Phillip Carter | July 9, 2008; 10:13 AM ET | Comments (3)

Boondoggle in Paradise

National Guard leaders show bad judgment by holding conference in the Virgin Islands.

By Phillip Carter | June 27, 2008; 06:13 AM ET | Comments (12)

McCain's War

McCain's War College thesis bears a striking resemblance to his views on Iraq.

By Phillip Carter | June 15, 2008; 08:00 PM ET | Comments (62)

A Right Vets Fought For

The VA needs to find a way to register voters at its hospitals and facilities.

By Phillip Carter | June 13, 2008; 09:03 AM ET | Comments (8)

Wartime Taxes and Sacrifice

Charting the Republican Party's reversal of attitudes on wartime taxes and sacrifice.

By Phillip Carter | June 3, 2008; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Taps for Charlie

Farewell to Charlie Moskos, the dean of military sociologists.

By Phillip Carter | June 2, 2008; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Ray and Dave Show

Some questions the Senate Armed Services Committee should ask today of Petraeus and Odierno.

By Phillip Carter | May 22, 2008; 07:56 AM ET | Comments (8)

Not in the Pentagon's Pocket

Combat correspondent Joe Galloway responds to allegations that he was a paid Pentagon pundit.

By Phillip Carter | May 20, 2008; 12:43 PM ET | Comments (16)

Webb on Civil-Military Relations

Sen. Jim Webb has changed his mind about civil-military relations.

By Phillip Carter | May 19, 2008; 07:36 AM ET | Comments (15)

Profiles in Presidential Sacrifice

Theodore Roosevelt Jr. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in his radio address on Dec. 9, 1941: "On the road ahead there lies hard work -- grueling work -- day and night, every hour and every minute. "I was about to add that ahead there lies sacrifice for all of us....

By Phillip Carter | May 14, 2008; 11:15 AM ET | Comments (24)

Pundits or Puppets Cont.

Some deeper thoughts on the Times story on military pundits.

By Phillip Carter | April 22, 2008; 11:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

Couture for Counterinsurgents

Fashion advice for military officers.

By Phillip Carter | April 22, 2008; 08:48 AM ET | Comments (5)

Pundits or Pentagon Puppets?

The Times story on military pundits has larger implications.

By Phillip Carter | April 20, 2008; 04:51 PM ET | Comments (35)

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