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With Hezbollah and U.S. airstrikes in Syria, are we on the verge of a big Mideast war? Is this the end of Ottoman history?

Both the United States and Hezbollah are reported to have conducted air strikes in Syria. And Israel shot down a Syrian jet.  

As my wife said over breakfast, "This is getting too bizarre. If it were a novel, the editor would say, 'you're going too far.'"

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Yet another relief on the USS Cowpens

Honestly, I am losing track of the reliefs on this ship. Latest was XO jettisoned after an "alcohol-related incident."

At some point you have to wonder about how the Navy is handling this ship and its crew.

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Now it can be told: The CIA-related history of a Washington canoeing club

Several CIA employees used to commute from Maryland to the CIA headquarters in Virginia by paddling across the Potomac. I used to do a lot of whitewater kayaking on the Potomac River, so I knew about this 20 years ago, but it was told to me off the record. Now the CIA has released an article about it.

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Why doesn't D.C. listen to the field on life-and-death issues?: A medical example

By Tracey Perez Koehlmoos

Best Defense guest columnist

I am going to write candidly here about this issue because when I spoke about it, I went unheard. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal confirms that this is an important issue to those who work in casualty care and as the scientific publication on the issue fell flat, apparently no one is hearing them either. 

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When everyone else gets as much data as we do, how will we prevail in combat?

In the future everyone will be data-rich, my New America colleague Sascha Meinrath said over his lunch of baked salmon last week. So, he figures, the key to future victories will be in "synthesis and the velocity of decision-making."

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