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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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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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