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James Joyner

Professor, Marine Corps University’s Command and Staff College

James Joyner
James Joyner is Professor of Security Studies and Security Studies Department Head at the Marine Corps University’s Command and Staff College. He can be followed on Twitter @DrJJoyner. These views are his own.
Ideas

Biden Has Many Good Choices at SecDef

I’m rooting for Flournoy, but she’s not the only one who would do well.

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Fear of a Black General? 

The case of one superstar colonel doesn’t prove anything about the Marines. But the larger pattern is worrisome. 

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Who Decides Who Is a ‘Domestic Enemy’?

The short answer: not the Joint Chiefs chairman. The longer answer is more interesting.

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This is Not a Civil-Military Crisis

Recent statements by uniformed leaders are anodyne expressions about U.S. law. Those by retired four-stars are more problematic.

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The Pentagon Is Flubbing Its Pitch to Silicon Valley

Appeals to patriotism won’t move America’s tech industry. Other approaches might work better.

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Why ‘Different Spanks for Different Ranks’ Are Often Justified

It can be frustrating when generals and admirals appear to skate on misconduct charges, but lawmakers should be wary of trying to “fix it.”

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The Pentagon Is Picking an Unnecessary Fight With Congress

The Defense Department needs to downsize and streamline, but President Obama’s sassy spending request only will make it harder to achieve some good. By James Joyner

Business

The Army’s Misguided Crackdown on Tattoos

The Army’s new policies on tattoos and other physical appearance standards is part of a peacetime crackdown that usually lasts until the next war. By James Joyner

Business

It Isn't the Military's Place to Weigh In on the Syria Debate

Too many servicemembers are violating ethics by making their opinions publically known. By James Joyner

Policy

McCain Is Wrong About Dempsey on Syria

Sen. John McCain wants answer from the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Syria. But surely he knows Gen. Martin Dempsey isn't going to answer them. By James Joyner