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“The Spirit of ’76,” by Archibald Willard, which exemplifies the spirit of the citizen-nation in arms, with men of all ages stepping up when needed by their country, the antithesis of a professional, standing army, despised by the Founding Fathers

Trump wants a big military parade, but the Founding Fathers might not approve

President Donald Trump has again mentioned the idea of having a massive military parade in Washington for the Fourth of July. Historically, the US has never put the military on such a pedestal. The Founding Fathers, in fact, despised the idea of a standing army of any sort.

Trump wants a big military parade, but the Founding Fathers might not approve
Members of San Diego's LGBT community gather to celebrate the expiration of the U.S. military policy "Don't Ask Don't Tell," September 20. 2011.

New White House guidelines leave transgender service members and vets in limbo

New White House guidelines leave transgender service members and vets in limbo
Catherine the Great of Russia, by Fyodor Rokotov

How Russian meddling impacted the American Revolution

How Russian meddling impacted the American Revolution
Members of the US Army Company "I", 102nd Infantry Regiment circa 1919.

It's the 100th anniversary of the declaration that made America a major world power

It's the 100th anniversary of the declaration that made America a major world power
A U.S. flag hangs over fake palm trees inside the compound of the U.S. embassy in Baghdad in 2011.

Translators who worked for the US military in Iraq wonder if their American dream is slipping away

Translators who worked for the US military in Iraq wonder if their American dream is slipping away
Donald Trump addresses the media regarding donations to veterans foundations at Trump Tower in Manhattan, May 31, 2016

Veterans consider the next commander-in-chief

This year, Veterans Day fell on the same week as a significant and divisive US election. We reached out to thousands of vets to get their reactions to the election of Donald Trump.

Veterans consider the next commander-in-chief
Obama meets with Trump at the White House in Washington

Trump will likely turn US foreign policy and military planning upside down

​Forget about global climate change controls; count on a larger Army, even more nuclear weapons and more missile defenses

Trump will likely turn US foreign policy and military planning upside down
Four-year-old Lauren Lettner holds a sign

This military dad lost his son. Now, he's trying to help other families battle against veteran PTSD and suicide.

Jerry Derr lost his son, Colton Levi Derr, a US Army sergeant, to suicide. Since then, he's been trying to help other military families fight PTSD and a whole range of issues that come up for veterans.

This military dad lost his son. Now, he's trying to help other families battle against veteran PTSD and suicide.
Pakistani protesters burn an Indian flag

As tensions rise between India and Pakistan, we remember a friend who called for peace

Two South Asians living abroad condemn rising tensions between India and Pakistan and call for peace.

As tensions rise between India and Pakistan, we remember a friend who called for peace
Iraqi army personnel ride on military vehicles

ISIS leaders abandon Mosul as Iraqi military presses attack

In signs that Mosul will soon be in the hands of Iraqi officials, top ISIS leaders have left Mosul even before Iraqi forces closed in.

ISIS leaders abandon Mosul as Iraqi military presses attack
People inspect a damaged site after airstrikes

Syrian holdouts struggle under attack by regime and Western-backed forces

Daily life in parts of Syrian is violent, with attacks by forces aligned with the Syrian regime, as well as by forces aligned with the West.

Syrian holdouts struggle under attack by regime and Western-backed forces
Defense Secretary Ash Carter, left, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford

Retired colonel says US political leaders abuse public trust in the military to wage war

Americans trust the members of the US military more than almost any other institution — which gives politicians a lot of power to fight wars.

Retired colonel says US political leaders abuse public trust in the military to wage war
Shabak fighters undergo training

Pentagon suggests ISIS may use chemical weapons to defend Mosul

ISIS has been accused of using chemical weapons several times and now Pentagon officials are worried ISIS could use them in its effort to keep Iraqi forces out of Mosul.

Pentagon suggests ISIS may use chemical weapons to defend Mosul
Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II joint strike fighter

A massive US weapons deal with Israel means more weapons for its Arab neighbors, too

The US has approved the biggest arms deal in history: a $38 billion agreement to supply Israel with jets, bombs, missiles and military support for the next 10 years. And now that the paper is signed, look for arms deals with Israel's Arab neighbors to proceed.

A massive US weapons deal with Israel means more weapons for its Arab neighbors, too
Fighters from Lithuania's army

Lithuania has built a fake town so it can practice fighting off a Russian invasion

Lithuania considers itself the frontline in ongoing tensions between Russia and NATO — and it worries any conflict could start in the Baltics. So its army is doing all it can to prepare for an invasion.

Lithuania has built a fake town so it can practice fighting off a Russian invasion