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Paula Thornhill

Acting director of Strategic Studies, Johns Hopkins University

Paula G. Thornhill is a retired U.S. Air Force brigadier general; acting director of Strategic Studies, Johns Hopkins University (SAIS); and author of Demystifying the American Military.

Should We Care About That Letter?

Retired generals and admirals are, first and foremost, retirees.


How to Teach Troops about the Constitution

We can’t assume they know enough about what they’re swearing to support and defend.


Do ‘Guardian Forces’ Belong in the Military?

More and more national security workers in and out of uniform never get close to combat. It's time to rethink their place in the system.


A Funny Thing Happened When These Military Officers and Academics Got Together

The officers were intimidated by the fancy degrees and four-star friends. The scholars were intimidated by the uniforms, medals and deployments. Here’s how they learned to trust each other.