Battleland

Security: How Much Is Too Much?

The recent killings of Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda’s deputy show the U.S. and its allies bringing the fight to the enemy. So why do we continue to button up like a five-year old being armored by her mother to face her first blizzard? Defense, which we have been playing robustly since 9/11, is an expensive game. Bad guys – if they …

Mom Always Said It Was Brain Food

Can fish oil help curb the epidemic of military suicides? That’s the startling finding in a new study just published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. It links suicides by military personnel to low level of docosahexaenoic acid — found in fish oil — and finds that troops with higher levels of DHA in their blood were less …

SEAL’s Best Friend

Even if you’re not one of those so-called “dog persons” — and I’m not — you’ve got to find this video affecting. It’s Hawkeye, the Labrador retriever of Jon Tumilson. He was a Navy SEAL and chief petty officer first class, one of 30 U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan August 6 when a suspected rocket-propelled grenade down their …

“Raunchy” Captain Gets to Stay, For Now

The Navy earlier this week decided that the former No. 2 officer aboard the carrier USS Enterprise — who achieved notoriety last December when his off-color shipboard videos became public — gets to stay in uniform. But Captain Owen Honors career is likely over, and could be selected for early retirement in the coming days.

This Will Improve KBR’s Image

If KBR’s one-time management by the autobiographical Dick Cheney doesn’t buff the company’s reputation, this ought to do the trick: KBR is suing a woman who claimed that she was raped while working in Iraq for KBR in 2005. In the crazy world of torts and courts, Jamie Leigh Jones had sued KBR for $145 million, claiming the company …

“Who Are the Real Cyber-Warriors?”

National-security debates used to be a lot easier when it took a nation-state to raise an army and build an arsenal. To hear some cyber-defense experts tell it, today a cyberwar can be launched by a couple of bored teen-age hackers in one of their basements. While that’s a stretch, what about criminal cybergangs? Or nation-states? …

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