We may be at the beginning of a fundamental shift in how our society allocates resources to the business of national security. And I'm not talking today about the immediate issues around sequestration…what I'm really talking about here are the fiscal pressures that could shape a different future over the coming years and decades…DARPA's in the silver-bullet business, but in fact even our most powerful capability will not single-handedly change the face of war for the next generation. That is possible, however, if we think about how to layer technologies together.
— Arati Prabhakar, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, speaking Wednesday on the challenges facing U.S. national security.
Battleland Battleland

Weeding the Military

As I was working in my garden today, I was thinking how much like the realities of professional life it is.

You weed out the plants you don’t want; but sometimes if they don’t belong in one place, you can put them in another

IED Boom

The increase in IEDs has led to a growing corps of U.S. bomb-disposal troops. Click on chart to enlarge.

They’re Up for the Jobs

According to recent Bureau of Labor Statistics report, unemployment for post-9/11 veterans is 9.2%, but nearly four times that — 35% — for veterans age 20-24.

The picture is complicated, to be sure.

But it’s also …

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