Archives: Military

Combat Roles: Women in the Military

This Wednesday marked the deadline by which all branches of the US military had to submit plans to end gender-based exclusion. But now the hard work begins: developing gender-neutral standards so women can qualify for combat positions. This hour of all sides, we’ll discuss the impact of women in combat, and the possibility of fair fights.

Women in the Military

Late last month, the Pentagon lifted its ban on women serving in military combat positions. Proponents of the measure argue it will strengthen our defenses; opponents see it as a distraction at best and a liability at worst. This hour explores the affect of gender on our military and weighs the pros and cons of the recent change.

Repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and Transition for U.S. Military

This week, the Department of Defense ended its 18 year “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that has banned gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military. We’ll hear about how the military plans to implement the changes and we’ll talk to a retired service member who was forced to hide his sexual orientation during his time at the military.

Arms Reduction / Quran Burning

The New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty ( “New START”) and nuclear threat reduction; and Muslim perspectives on the planned burning of the Quran.

Stanley McChrystal

President Obama’s decision to remove General Stanley A. McChrystal from his position as the top commander in Afghanistan

The Military’s Personality Disorder Scandal

Charges that the U.S. military is using a false diagnosis of “personality disorder” to deny medical and disability benefits

Energy, Climate Change, National Security

A military perspective on energy, climate change, and U.S. national security