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The Racially Biased Hairstyle Regulations of the U.S. Army

Dreadlocks, twists, or any type of matted or coiled hair, the Afro-centric hairstyles of many black women in the Army, are now out.

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The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: The Aspiring Defense Secretary Who Wants to Change the Intelligence Community

For the month of April we’re profiling the individuals who made our inaugural list of the 30 top thinkers under 30, the young men and women we predict will have a serious impact on the social, political, and economic issues we cover every day here at Pacific Standard.

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Why Did the Pentagon Give Up on a Fallen GI?

For more than 50 years, Army PFC Lawrence S. Gordon was mistakenly interred as a German soldier in a cemetery in France. Then European officials did what the U.S. military would not: exhumed and identified him with DNA.

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4 Ways to Really Fix the Pentagon’s Effort to ID 83,000 Missing Service Members

Changes must go beyond bureaucracy to update the scientific approach and embrace outside help.

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The Staggering Costs of Kickbacks, Bribery, and Theft in the Military

The structure of the military means that when people high up in the chain of command aren’t held responsible for the crimes they commit, that message will quickly ripple down the ranks.

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In Big Win for Defense Industry, Obama Rolls Back Limits on Arms Exports

Critics, including some who’ve worked on enforcing arms export laws, say the changes could undermine efforts to prevent arms smuggling to Iran and others.

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When the Violence Comes Home

Doctors consider how to respond to the domestic abuse of female veterans.

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This Government Shutdown Won’t Be Our Last

Get used to government shutdowns. Serious budget problems are a common feature of large states in decline.

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How the Obama Administration Helped Kill a Transparency Push on Military Aid

Last year a bipartisan effort to force more transparency about military aid failed after objections from the Pentagon. Will the same thing happen this year?

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Crime-Stopping Cars of the Future

New computer technology could prevent hijacking, drunk driving, and high-speed chases.

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The Most Important Journalism About Rape in the Military

A Pentagon report says 26,000 service members were sexually assaulted in 2012. For context, we’ve rounded up some of the best journalism on sexual assault in the U.S. armed forces.

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