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If I could change one thing in the U.S. military personnel system (1): It is time to extend the age of military retirement

Note: This begins a new Best Defense contest! If you could change one thing in the U.S. military personnel system, what would it be? Got a good idea? Please send it to the blog e-mail address with "PERSONNEL" in subject line.

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Your weekend reading

Here is an interesting reading list from the Defense Entrepreneurs Forum (#DEF2014).

I don't know a lot of the business books on it. For my own taste, I'd like to see more history on the list. Compare it to the "thinking creatively" section of this list, one of the best I have seen on military affairs.

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Tom's dog of the week: A photo I like

Rebecca is too big a phenom nowadays to write her column, so I am filling in. If you buy her book (a good Christmas present for anyone who likes dogs), maybe one day she will come home. And if you don't, she may wind up with a TV show or something.

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Doctrine Man interrogates Tom about books, Homer Simpson, and the beard

"1.     Tom Ricks seems to be everywhere these days. Is there a limit to your energy?

Funny, I don't feel that way, on either count. I feel very out of it, remote from Washington. I spend most of the year in rural Maine. I live 35 miles from the nearest stoplight. To get to the post office, I walk through woods and past a pond, and often see blue herons, kingfishers, ducks, and deer, and sometimes a bald eagle.

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Fighting ISIS: We should admit that what we are doing is a containment strategy

By Col. Gary Anderson, USMC (Ret.)

Best Defense guest columnist                       

Our current strategy against ISIS is undoable because the president's articulated end state of destroying the Islamic State is simply impossible to achieve; you cannot destroy a movement.

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