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While threats to U.S. national security continue to evolve, as they always do, they are as serious as ever. Potential Russian aggression in Ukraine, for instance, could threaten the hard-maintained European peace and the security of our European NATO allies. Rogue regimes such as Iran and North Korea, meanwhile, always present regional challenges that could erupt into something much larger.
The West is right to deny Russia a ‘sphere of influence’
We’ve been here countless times in history. Once again, diplomats representing great and antagonistic powers are meeting to decide the fate of nations not even sitting at the table. Some are hoping to prevent war. Others are betting that war, or the threat of it, is a fair price to secure their country’s “sphere of influence.”

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A helping hand during the military-to-civilian transition
The Army has a number of programs designed to help transitioning service members make their way in the civilian world. One of these, the Army Career Skills Program (CSP), was created in 2015 to allow transitioning soldiers to participate in skills training in order to improve their civilian employment prospects.
What to expect from the world in 2022
December’s end is when we reflect on what we hope to improve in the year to come … and also the time for my annual predictions of news headlines for the next 12 months.
US communities that welcome Afghan refugees will be glad they did
In September, the Biden White House announced that the United States would welcome 95,000 people from Afghanistan over the next year. Not since the mass immigration of Cubans and Haitians to Miami over 40 years ago has the nation welcomed so many new arrivals in such a short period of time.
Higher education helped me continue serving others
After my service, I just didn’t know how to move forward with my life. Having been out of school for more than a decade, I knew that jumping into a traditional four-year college education wasn’t for me.

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