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military history


  • The Greatest Generals Across Generations

    by Benjamin Runkle

    The Greatest Generation’s generals’ triumphs were anything but predetermined, and required a series of accidents and twists of fate to bring them to the point where their innate courage, intelligence, and determination could be decisive.



  • Eisenhower's Worst Nightmare

    by William D. Hartung

    When, in his farewell address in 1961, President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned of the dangers of the “unwarranted influence” wielded by the “military-industrial complex,” he could never have dreamed of an arms-making corporation of the size and political clout of Lockheed Martin.



  • How Fake News Could Lead to Real War

    by Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon

    We think of false information as a domestic problem. It’s much more dangerous than that.



  • The Riptide of American Militarism

    by William Astore

    As Americans wrestled with the possibility of finding themselves in a second looming world war, what advice did the CFR have for then-President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1940?