A new issue of Military Review is out. A new issue of Strategic Studies Quarterly is out. The U.S. Navy has created the world's most powerful cannon, which can fire a 23 pound bullet at seven times the speed of sound — should we cheer this futuristic "railgun"? War Nerd Gary Brecher on the Army’s new shoulder-fired cannon, the XM-25: Gee whiz, how can we be losing with such cool stuff? The big (military) taboo: When the U.S. spends almost as much on arms as every other country in the world combined, we’re overinvesting in our military. What Ike got right: Why his warning against the military-industrial complex still matters (and more). The all-volunteer military has developed into an American version of the French Foreign Legion; a national draft, with a cross-section of all Americans serving, would force leaders to think harder about fighting in Iraq or Afghanistan or elsewhere. You can go strangle yourself with that yellow ribbon, or, here is what I want you to do instead of shaking my hand. How the Pentagon turns working-class men into the deadliest killers on the planet: A book salon on War Is a Lie by David Swanson. Citizen Terrorist: Peter H. Schuck on when Americans wage war on the United States. From Military History, a look at 10 battles that shaped America. The Institute of Heraldry, which allows the secretary of the Army to provide heraldic services to all agencies within the federal government, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

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