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The Nazi Interrogator Who Revealed the Value of Kindness

Thanks in part to the work of Hanns Scharff and a slew of studies on interrogation techniques, we know it’s best to be genuinely friendly no matter who you’re trying to get information out of.

ProPublica

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The Pentagon Finally Decides to Dig Up the Remains of a Long-Lost Soldier

The military will exhume a grave in the Philippines that may hold the remains of Bud Kelder, an American POW whose family has long been fighting the Pentagon to get him home.

Findings

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Looking for a Promotion? Pure Motivations Produce the Best Results

A new study of West Point cadets finds those driven by purely internal motivations were the most likely to succeed.

Mosaic

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Can You Supercharge Your Brain?

Applying mild electrical currents to your head could take away pain, help memory, and improve attention—and the U.S. military is very interested.

World Cup Week

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How the U.S. Military Shaped American Soccer

At games for the U.S. National Team, fans brag about being back-to-back World War champs. They’re being less sarcastic than they realize.

Findings

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Mindfulness Training Produces Less-Stressed Marines

Marines who took an eight-week course in the basics of mindfulness recovered from stress faster following an intense training session that replicated battlefield conditions.

Sociological Images

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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.

The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30

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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.

ProPublica

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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.

ProPublica

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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.

True Crime

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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.

Book Reviews

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Lockdown Nation

How military-style policing became America’s new normal.

 

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The Success of the Military Coup

New research by political scientists finds that, since 1991, most of the world’s coups have resulted in competitive elections.

 

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Multiple Brain Injuries and Concussions Linked to More Suicidal Thoughts

The increase in suicide among military members is partially driven by a rise in psychiatric illnesses, according to a new study.

 

Fetishizing the Bayonet

Bayonets may have become a symbol of outdated military technology, as the president suggested in his debate-night jab, but they have a darker history.

 

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Apparently You Can Bring Your Religion to Work

New research says offices that encourage talk of religion actually make for happier workplaces.

Canadian Kids Have a Serious Smoking Problem

Bootleg cigarette sales could be leading Canadian teens to more serious drugs, a recent study finds.

The Hidden Psychology of the Home Ref

That old myth of home field bias isn’t a myth at all; it’s a statistical fact.

A Word of Caution to the Holiday Deal-Makers

Repeat customers—with higher return rates and real bargain-hunting prowess—can have negative effects on a company’s net earnings.

Crowdfunding Works for Science

Scientists just need to put forth some effort.

The Big One

One in two United States senators and two in five House members who left office between 1998 and 2004 became lobbyists. November/December 2014

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