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Molotov-Ribbentrop: The most important anniversary nobody's celebrating this year

By Adrian Bonenberger

Best Defense guest columnist

Tomorrow is August 23. Some 75 years ago, the world was shocked to learn on that day that Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia had signed a non-aggression pact, many details of which remained secret. 

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Sherman (VIII): Individual replacement is a better personnel system than rotation

Best Defense is in summer re-runs. This item originally ran on April 22, 2014.

It turns out that William T. Sherman, one of the best American generals ever, was no fan of the practice of rotation that the Army follows today.

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A letter to the West Point Class of 2014: No combat patch? That's no problem!

Best Defense is in summer re-runs. This item originally ran on April 22, 2014.

By Maj. Crispin Burke Best Defense guest columnist

An article in the New York Times the other day examined the West Point class of 2014, which faces the dubious distinction of being the first class in nearly a dozen years to enter a peacetime army.

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I think this is the fundamental problem in U.S. civil-military relations these days

Best Defense is in summer re-runs. This item originally ran on April 21, 2014.

The other day I was speaking on an Army base to a bunch of bright officers. Talking and listening, I came away with this thought: The fundamental problem in 21st century American civil-military relations is that we need presidents willing to listen and learn from dissenting generals -- and generals who know how to dissent in strategic discussions, and are willing to do so.

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One of the best military reading lists ever: Direct to you from the Australian army

Best Defense is in summer re-runs. This item originally ran on April 11, 2014.

It's been awhile since I've seen a reading list this good, and so comprehensive. An education itself. One thing I especially like about it is that it doesn't just list books, it tells you why you might want to read each one.

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