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Military Pensions: Politics, Policy, and Reform

Oct 12, 2020

In the latest episode of Horns of a Dilemma, Clements Center Senior Fellow Jim Golby sits down with National Security Fellow Brandon Archuleta to talk about his new book, Twenty Years of Service: The Politics of Military Pension Policy and the Long Road to Reform. Archuleta’s book unpacks the forces that are behind the long persistence of a retirement system that was, as he puts it, “cliff vested,” where soldiers who remained for less than 20 years would receive nothing and those who remained for over 20 years would receive a generous pension. He also looks at the forces that enabled reform in the pension system in 2018.

Archuleta is an active duty Army officer and the views and opinions he expresses are his own and not those of the U.S. Department of Defense, the Department of the Army, or any other aspect of the military.

Senior Fellow Jim Golby publishes article for CSIS

Sep 28, 2020

Clements Center Senior Fellow Jim Golby publishes "Rearming Arms Control Should Start with New START Extension" for The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) as part of the CSIS executive education program Understanding the Russian Military Today. Golby argues Trump should extend New START w/out preconditions because "it will buy the time needed for the United States to place itself in a more advantageous strategic position to influence Russian, Chinese, and NATO allies’ behavior in the future.

Senior Fellow Jim Golby releases special episode on "Thank You For Your Service" podcast

Sep 28, 2020

On the latest episode of "Thank You For Your Service" podcast, Jim Golby, Clements Center Senior Fellow, and Alice Hunt Friend, senior fellow in the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), discuss "The Outpost," the groundbreaking movie about one of the deadliest battles in Afghanistan. On an early October morning in 2009, an overwhelming force of Taliban fighters attacked a small unit of U.S. soldiers located at Combat Outpost Keating in a remote valley in Afghanistan's Nuristan province. Drawing on source material from Jake Tapper's book, The Outpost, director Rod Lurie has brought the story of the Battle of Kamdesh -- one of the bloodiest and most heroic American engagements of the 19-year war in Afghanistan -- to the screen in a film of the same name.

In this special episode of Thank You For Your Service, Jim and Alice speak with Tapper and Lurie as well as with Ty Carter (Medal of Honor recipient and film advisor), veteran Daniel Rodriguez (who fought in the battle and played himself in the movie), Stoney Portis (the last commander of Combat Outpost Keating), and Katie Kopp (the brigade psychologist who helped soldiers process and debrief the 14-hour firefight) about the battle, the movie, and mental health.

Senior Fellow Jim Golby pens article for Washington Post on Civil-Military Relations

Sep 10, 2020

Clements Center Senior Fellow Jim Golby explores the military's role in politics in "Trump allegedly disparaged America’s war dead. The backlash probably won’t decide the election." published in the Washington Post.

Jim Golby co-authors article in Defense One: "The Military Won’t Save Us – and You Shouldn’t Want Them To"

Aug 12, 2020

Jim Golby, one of our faculty fellows, has co-authored an article with Kori Schake in Defense One on civil-military relations. "The Military Won’t Save Us – and You Shouldn’t Want Them To" adds to the ongoing discussion over constitutional and military protocols in regard to presidential succession.