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Mike Glenn

Mike Glenn grew up on Navy bases as the son of a career sailor but then decided to annoy his father and joined the Army after he graduated from high school in the Dallas area. He did a hitch as an enlisted soldier in Germany during the Cold War, where he spent a considerable amount of time in the field on maneuvers. After leaving the Army, he moved back home to northeast Texas and entered the University of Texas at Arlington where he studied history. He also took Army ROTC classes at UT Arlington and upon graduation received a commission as a Second Lieutenant. He was assigned to the 3rd Cavalry Regiment at Fort Bliss in El Paso and took his platoon to the Middle East where he fought in the Gulf War. He got into journalism after Operation Desert Storm and has worked at newspapers and magazines throughout Texas. He joined The Washington Times from the Houston Chronicle. He can be reached at [email protected].

Articles by Mike Glenn

U.S. soldiers train in Lithuania on Feb. 2, 2016. Such exercises may become more common with NATO allies as military officials scout out locations for new bases in Germany. (Facebook, U.S. Army Europe) ** FILE **

20,000 U.S. troops deploying to Europe in biggest show of force since Cold War

About 20,000 U.S. troops will soon begin flooding into Europe as part of a massive, months-long military exercise that has been compared to the massive drills of the Cold War era, drills that were meant to help NATO forces beat back a hypothetical invasion from the Soviet Union. Published February 8, 2020

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Esper: Drone attack that killed Soleimani an 'easy' call

Ordering the Jan. 3 drone attack that killed Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani and put the Middle East on the brink of a shooting war "was an easy decision for me to make," Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said Thursday. Published February 6, 2020

The logo for the new U.S. Space Force, as tweeted by President Trump on Friday, January 24, 2020. (Twitter)

U.S. Space Force leaders continue creating the newest military branch

Whatever you do, don't call their troops "Space Cadets," said the second-in-command of the newly established U.S. Space Force. Deciding what to call members of the newest branch of the military is just one of many things on a checklist for the service's senior brass. Published February 5, 2020

Jens Stoltenberg, the Secretary General of NATO, listens to a question after delivering a pre-NATO summit speech at Lancaster House in London, Thursday, June 21, 2018. The secretary-general of NATO says bonds between Europe and North America have weakened, and he appealed for an international effort to shore up the trans-Atlantic military alliance. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

U.S., NATO allies prepare for massive military exercise as Russia watches

About 20,000 U.S. troops will soon begin flooding into Europe as part of a massive, months-long military exercise that has been compared to the massive drills of the Cold War era, drills that were meant to help NATO forces beat back a hypothetical invasion from the Soviet Union. Published February 4, 2020

U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie is shown in this file photo from his appearance on the Fox News Channel's "Outnumbered Overtime with Harris Faulkner" in New York, Thursday, May 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) ** FILE **

VA secretary fires his deputy

The deputy head of the Veterans Administration was abruptly fired without explanation Monday, a surprise move after the embattled agency appeared to have achieved a measure of executive stability. Published February 3, 2020

This Oct. 9, 2003, photo shows soldiers from the U.S. Army's 720th Military Police Battalion watching as a minesweeper looks for weapons in a hole they dug during a raid on a farmland just outside Tikrit, Iraq. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Trump eases Obama-era landmine regulations

In an era of great power competition with near-peer rivals like China and Russia, the Trump Administration says Obama-era policies like the ban on landmines needlessly hinders the ability of U.S. military troops to carry out their missions. Published January 31, 2020

A bulldozer clears rubble and debris at Ain al-Asad air base in Anbar, Iraq, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. Ain al-Asad air base was struck by a barrage of Iranian missiles in retaliation for the U.S. drone strike that killed atop Iranian commander, Gen. Qassem Soleimani, whose killing raised fears of a wider war in the Middle East. (AP Photo/Qassim Abdul-Zahra)

Iraq still weighing Pentagon Patriot missile request weeks after Iran attack

The Iraqi government has yet to give its approval to a Pentagon request for Patriot missile defenses for U.S. troops more than three weeks after an Iranian missile attack on American positions inside the country injured dozens of U.S. troops, Defense Secretary Mark Esper acknowledged Thursday. Published January 30, 2020

Navy looks to beef up its cargo fleet with used ships

Just as buying pre-owned can make sense for a cash-strapped buyer who needs a car, the same thing can go for the Navy as it tries to solve the nation's sealift readiness problems on a tight budget, the commanding general of U.S. Transportation Command said this week at the Atlantic Council. Published January 29, 2020

Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo poses with the World Series trophy as he arrives for the premiere of a documentary film on the team's first World Series baseball championship, Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

World Series trophy comes to the Pentagon

As the home of America's military, the massive Pentagon building just outside Washington, D.C. is filled with mementos and artifacts commemorating more than 200 years worth of battlefield heroism from the nation's soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines. Published January 27, 2020

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper shake hands with French Minister of Armed Forces Florence Parly, at news conference at the Pentagon in Washington, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

France seeks continued U.S. backing for Africa mission

French Defense Minister Florence Parlay came to the Pentagon Monday to press France's case for continuing U.S. support for their combat operations in the Sahel, a semiarid belt of land in Africa south of the Sahara. Published January 27, 2020

In this June 3, 2011, file photo, the Pentagon is seen from air from Air Force One. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File) **FILE**

Army identifies U.S. soldier killed in Syria

A soldier from North Carolina died Friday in Syria while his Army engineer unit was conducting road clearing operations in Syria as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the military's campaign against ISIS. Published January 25, 2020