National Security and the Role of Special Operations
"Special Forces Basic Combat Course-Support culminates with night air assault raid exercise" by The U.S. Army is licensed under CC BY 2.0

National Security and the Role of Special Operations

The primary goal of US National Security policies is to protect Americans and American interests at home and abroad. The formulation and implementation of such policies are primarily centered in…

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Transferring Education Benefits to Family Members
"November 2017: National Veterans and Military Families Month" by The White House is marked with CC PDM 1.0

Transferring Education Benefits to Family Members

Since 2009, Servicemembers have been able to transfer their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to their dependents or spouse. Over the past 10 years since this policy has been active, more…

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The Third Wave: Changing Civilian Oversight of Special Operations Forces
"2019 United States Army Special Operations Command International Sniper Competition" by The U.S. Army is licensed under CC BY 2.0

The Third Wave: Changing Civilian Oversight of Special Operations Forces

When Congress created the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) in 1987, it also appointed a civilian official - the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict (ASD…

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Great Power Competition: Reimagining the Special Forces
"Survival Evade Resist Escape Exercise" by The U.S. Army is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Great Power Competition: Reimagining the Special Forces

In the 2018 National Defense Strategy, the Department of Defense redirected its focus from Counterterrorism (CT) and Foreign Internal Defense (FID) operations to what has now been deemed “great power…

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The War of Tomorrow “Gray Zone Conflicts”

The U.S. continues to retain the most capable armed forces in the world. Rivals are well aware of their inability to compete with our conventional military power. Though this has…

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Veterans Deserve Better Mental Health Care

It is estimated that an average of 20 veterans die by suicide every day. Of those who have sought help, studies have shown a connection to the prescription of opioids…

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Advocating for Degree Pathways for SOF

The training operators receive is highly respected and trusted within the ranks of the armed forces. But is this training respected and rewarded in American higher education? As we see…

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SFC Heath Robinson Burn Pit Transparency Act
Wind fans the flames of a burn pit at Combat Outpost Tangi in the Tangi Valley, Afghanistan, in August 2009. (Staff Sgt. Teddy Wade/Army)

SFC Heath Robinson Burn Pit Transparency Act

Today, June 1st, SOAA stands with all operators and the Veteran community to demand a united front. For far too long, members of the military have been negatively impacted by…

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Help for Those Exposed to Burn Pits
Garbage burns in a burn pit while soldiers watch in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, 2013. (Andrew Burton/Reuters)

Help for Those Exposed to Burn Pits

Since 1990, it is estimated that there are over one million Servicemembers and Veterans whose exposure to toxic chemicals from burn pits has made them high-risk to develop fatal and…

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We Must Not Allow Politicians in DC to Hurt Troops in Afghanistan
"Unit visit to the Angal Kala village in Afghanistan" by The U.S. Army is licensed under CC BY 2.0

We Must Not Allow Politicians in DC to Hurt Troops in Afghanistan

Over the last 15 years has the U.S. military been able to accomplish its mission in Afghanistan? Are we any closer to defeating the Taliban and preventing the rise of…

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