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What the Army's writers probably were trying to say when they stepped into a big pile of 'rapid curricular responsiveness'

I was reading an article in the Australian Army Journal from 2009 when I thought to myself, "Hey, this is probably what the U.S. Army was trying to say with that stupid white paper on human performance optimization." That's what I said to myself.

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If I could change one thing (IV): I’d allow service members to move back and forth between active duty and the reserves

 

By Jesse Sloman, Best Defense contest entry

If I could change one thing about the U.S. military personnel system, I would create a pathway for service members to move back and forth between active duty and the reserves throughout their careers. Rather than viewing the active force and the reserves as distinct and separate, the Defense Department (DoD) should adopt a manpower management model described by some leaders as a ‘continuum of service,' in which personnel would shift between statuses while retaining their competitiveness for promotion and retirement benefits.

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First person refugee: A journalist takes his 'Call of Duty' sons to a real war (2)

By Jim Gourley

Best Defense video games critic

Swedish journalist Carl-Magnus Helgegren was equally confused by his two sons' passion for Call of Duty, but when they approached him about buying last year's edition of the game, the Swedish journalist and documentary filmmaker's parental instincts overrode his academic curiosity. Helgegren had traveled to Israel to cover the conflict in Palestine in 2009. On his blog, he wrote that he remembered that trip as he and his sons discussed the game. "I started thinking. I thought I knew what war was. That was before I went and worked on the West Bank in 2009." Helgegren decided to offer the kids a deal. He would buy them the game if they still wanted it after going to Israel and visiting areas affected by the conflict.

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Why that New York Times story about chemical weapons in Iraq is important

I didn't see what the big deal was about the New York Times story on chemical weapons in Iraq, mainly because in '03-'04 everyone there knew there was lots of old stuff lying around, a fact that later was discussed in some Pentagon documents.

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