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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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The literary Marine: Phil Klay's remarks after winning the National Book Award

"I know there's at least one Marine in the audience. Any more? Some backup? Just two of us? We can take 'em. I did not think I would be up here, so I didn't write anything until this morning when my wife asked, did you write anything, and I said no, and she said, you have to write something. So...

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Who will the next Sec Def be? I'd rather know who has turned the job down so far

I think the really interesting question about the next secretary of defense isn't who gets it, but how many people turn down the job.

I mean, with this White House staff, what is the upside of trying to run the Pentagon? Unless you have total White House backing in the first place, the job is almost impossible. Without such a commitment, it is just a nightmare.

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The 10 things you need to know about radical Islamist beheadings: A primer

By Robert J. Bunker

Best Defense guest columnist

The recent Islamic State (IS) beheading aftermath video of Peter (Abdul-Rahman) Kassig -- he was not beheaded on camera -- on Nov. 16 follows a spate of individual beheadings of Westerners posted by this radical Islamist group in addition to the postings of some of the mass beheadings of Syrian and Iraqi nationals belonging to the security services, competing groups, and tribes in opposition to the establishment of the IS-envisioned caliphate. These recent IS beheadings have gained extensive media attention from the major news services along with numerous forms of social media networks.         

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