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US military and civilians are increasingly divided

Surveys suggest that as many as 80% of those who serve come from a family in which a parent or sibling is also in the military. They often live in relative isolation — behind the gates of military installations such as Ft. Bragg or in the deeply military communities like Fayetteville, N.C., that surround them.

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Debate: What is the future of aircraft carriers?

Jerry Hendrix, a retired Navy captain with 26 years of service, recently published a 2,700-word article in the National Review on aircraft carriers. He looked at cost, capabilities and likely places for future battles. His conclusion, stated near the beginning, is simply this: The Navy "needs to stop building aircraft carriers."

 

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