Janine Davidson

Defense in Depth

Janine Davidson examines the art, politics, and business of American military power.

The Invisible Cost of Combat Readiness

by Janine Davidson Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Corporal Derek Detzler, a bugler with the 2nd Marine Division Band, performs Taps during the 32nd Beirut Memorial Observance Ceremony in Jacksonville, North Carolina, Oct. 23, 2015. (Cpl. Todd F. Michalek/U.S. Marine Corps Flickr)

Last night, the U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search for twelve Marines lost off the Hawaii coast, missing since Thursday evening. It was a nighttime training mission: according to an eyewitness, two CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters collided in a fireball, plummeting into choppy seas. Rescuers have recovered all four of the emergency rafts, but no survivors.

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