The military is perhaps as selfless an institution as our society has produced. But in its current form, Mr. Kane says, it stifles the aspirations of the best who seek to serve it and pushes them out. “In terms of attracting and training innovative leaders, the U.S. military is unparalleled,” he writes. “In terms of managing talent, the U.S. military is doing everything wrong.”
The core problem, he argues, is that while the military may be “all volunteer” on the first day, it is thoroughly coercive every day thereafter. In particular, it dictates the jobs, promotions and careers of the millions in its ranks through a centralized, top-down, one-size-fits-almost-all system that drives many talented officers to resign in frustration. They leave, he says, because they believe that “the military personnel system — every aspect of it — is nearly blind to merit.”
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If you don’t teach your kids about the Constitution, they won’t know what could be wrong with this statement:
Our Constitution reflects the values we cherish as a people and the ideals we strive for as a society. It secures the privileges we enjoy as citizens, but also demands participation, responsibility, and service to our country and to one another.
While you’re at it, also teach them what “inalienable rights” are, and Who gave them to us.
GWOT-II: In case you missed it last night, Stephen Green drunk
bloggedtwittered Obama’s Foreign Policymake war against ISISISIL speech.
Congressional Research Service Download: The “Militarization” of Law Enforcement and the Department of Defense’s “1033 Program”
The number of SWAT teams has proliferated since they were first formed in the late 1960s. By the late 1990s, about 89% of police departments in the United States serving jurisdictions of 50,000 or more people and 80% of departments serving jurisdictions of 25-50,000 people reported having a SWAT team. The growth in the number of SWAT teams in small jurisdictions has raised questions about whether they have the resources necessary to properly train team members.
Data show that SWAT teams are being deployed more frequently. There was a reported 1,400% increase in the total number of SWAT deployments between 1980 and 2000. There are an estimated 45,000 SWAT deployments each year. Data also show that nearly 80% of SWAT deployments are for proactive drug raids or to execute search warrants. In addition, SWAT teams are increasingly used to conduct routine patrol work in crime “hot spots.”
A recently released report by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) argues that while law enforcement might assert that SWAT teams are needed to prevent violence in high-risk situations, the aggressive tactics used by SWAT teams can exacerbate the risk of violence.
Why would a government need so much firepower to use against its own citizens?