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15 Tips For Creating A Fictional World That Actually Makes Sense To The Reader

From Narnia to Neverland, literature is filled with fictional realms. There are High Fantasy worlds like Middle-Earth or Westeros, where everything …

Creative Writing

Russia’s Strategy in the Black Sea Basin

Editor’s Note: This is the third installment of a new series in collaboration with the Foreign Policy Research Institute, “Black Sea’s Back.” On May …

Geopolitics

Graham, Menendez Introduce ‘Sanctions Bill From Hell’ Targeting Russia and Putin

Bipartisan bill also would make it harder to leave NATO<p>A bipartisan Senate contingent has introduced what Republican Lindsey Graham has called the …

Social Media

The fight over Trump’s cyber strategy

The Trump administration wants to boost partnerships with the private sector to combat a barrage of hacks, but current and former government …

National Security Council

Cyber Command chief will weigh in on split from NSA

One of the most hotly contested debates surrounding the maturation of U.S. Cyber Command is its eventual split from the National Security Agency. Top …

National Security

Survey: Troops, families are increasingly dissatisfied with Tricare

Half a year into major changes in Tricare, a survey of more than 8,500 Tricare beneficiaries indicates that satisfaction is eroding with the Defense …

Health Care

USAF Wants Drone Swarms, AI To Buy Space

The Air Force wants more AI, cloud computing, autonomous drone swarms and thousands of tiny satellites. But most of these projects are only now …

Military

Discovering the Religion of the Ancient Greeks

<b>Why Ancient Greek Religion?</b><br>Many are drawn to the practice of an ancient religion through a geneological link—a blood connection. They believe that …

Ancient History

GAO backs use of commercial satellites to host military payloads

“Using hosted payloads may help facilitate a proliferation of payloads on orbit, making it more difficult for an adversary to defeat a …

Space Exploration

Diverging From the Arbitrary: The Gray Scholars and Innovation in the U.S. Marine Corps

A military professional reading this sentence today will confront a national security dilemma in the next ten years. They may find themselves …

Military

GAO thinks hosted payloads are a good idea for DoD

A new report from Congress' watchdog agency found that government payloads launched aboard commercial satellites saved money, achieved on-orbit …

U.S. Dept. of Defense

The Pentagon can’t develop technology quickly enough to thwart enemies. Here’s one way to help.

It says something about the legendarily byzantine and cumbersome Pentagon acquisition system that a bipartisan panel of retired military leaders and …

U.S. Dept. of Defense

Trump and Defense Secretary Mattis often appear at odds on key policies. Here's a breakdown of their differences

If their public statements are any indication, President Donald Trump and his secretary of Defense are quietly at odds with each other over several …

National Security

Facebook finds ‘sophisticated’ efforts to disrupt elections

NEW YORK — Facebook said it has uncovered “sophisticated” efforts, possibly linked to Russia, to influence U.S. politics on its platforms.<p>The company …

Social Media

The US Army’s top modernization priority is in jeopardy

WASHINGTON — Both congressional authorizers and appropriators have made moves to cut funds for the U.S. Army’s top modernization priority — …

Military

With hacking of US utilities, Russia could move from cyberespionage toward cyberwar

<i>(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.)</i><p>Even before the revelation July 23 …

Cybersecurity

Compost Program - Sierra Vista, Arizona

Since 1994, the City has operated a successful and award-winning municipal compost operation. Through the program, the City diverts 35 percent—4,000 …

Gardening

Accelerating Multi-Domain Operations: Evolution of an Idea - Modern War Institute

Multi-Domain Battle has a clear origin. Stemming from the idea that disruptive technologies will change the character of warfare, it recognizes that …

Military

Three Ways Great Leaders Show They Care About Their Team

A few years ago, I worked with a large healthcare client with 74,000 employees. They have built an internal university and invite every clinic manager to attend a management development program for five days. Mid-week, the CEO stops by to do a “Town Hall” where he fields questions and shares …

Leadership

Here are 5 recipes for homemade barbecue sauces that will outdo the store-bought kind

We’ve reached peak cookout season, which means several of you are probably in the midst of figuring out what to bring to the next one. Here’s the answer: barbecue sauce.<p>Before you ask, let us answer the next question: Yes, there will probably already be store-bought sauce there. But that doesn’t …

BBQ

How to write your first novel, according to experts

Everyone’s got a novel inside them, right? According to Richard Skinner, director of the fiction programme at the highly-esteemed Faber Academy, and …

Books

Fantasy Football: 32 Teams in 32 Days: The Cincinnati Bengals

Off-season Overview<p>This off-season was a relatively quiet one for the Cincinnati Bengals offense. They did land LT Cordy Glenn in a trade, which …

Fantasy Football

Three Things the Army Chief of Staff Wants You to Know

On May 4, Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley provided a rare public glimpse into his thinking about the future of the U.S. Army. One of your …

Is Russia about to launch a parallel internet?

Tensions are already rising between Russia and the United States over cyberattacks, NATO expansion and election interference, and now the two nations …

Trump Fumed, but NATO Members Got What They Wanted

He ranted, he threatened, he rebuked.<p>U.S. President Donald Trump did just about everything he could to spoil the NATO summit in Brussels this week. …

Botticelli: Portrait of a Young Woman

Ultimate Fish Fry

How to Make It<p>Step 1<p>Heat oil in a large stockpot to 350°F over medium-high.<p>Step 2<p>Whisk together eggs and water in a shallow bowl or baking dish. …

Portrait of a Young Woman (detail) by Sandro Botticelli https://t.co/iMlmaj014J

Senators Collins and Murkowski, It’s Time to Leave the G.O.P.

Just hours after Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement, media legal analysts and commentators began forecasting what this will mean for women’s reproductive freedom. On CNN: “Roe v. Wade is doomed.” Huffington Post: “It’s time to prepare for life without nationwide legal …

U.S. Politics

You Should Be ‘Significantly Concerned’ There’s No White House Cyber Coordinator, Policy Experts Say

They also worry we’re going the wrong way on integrating government cyber operations.<p><b>How concerned should Americans be about a</b> White House shuffle …