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Jim Golby

Jim Golby is a defense policy advisor at the U.S. Mission to NATO. He previously served as a special adviser to the vice president of the United States, special assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, assistant professor in the Department of Social Sciences at West Point, and as a company commander and scout platoon leader in combat in Iraq. These views are those of the author and do not represent the positions of the Department of Defense, the U.S. Army, or the U.S. Mission to NATO.

Haircuts in a Time of Coronavirus?

There have been too many confusing messages during this crisis. Senior military and civilian leaders should be enforcing social distancing as much as discipline, and with one voice.


Can Military Leaders Handle the Truth About Afghanistan?

Our recent poll suggests that public confidence in the military is high, but that it may be on shaky ground.


It Matters Whether Americans Call Afghanistan a Defeat

The public’s judgment about whether the United States won or lost the war will affect civilian-military relations for years to come.


An Admiral Slammed the Shutdown. Can He Do That?

The Coast Guard commandant's viral video reminds us that senior military officers can speak out, carefully — and probably should do so more often.