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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].

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"We are not looking to start a war with Iran, but we are prepared to finish one," Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper said during an interview this week. (Associated Press)

Defense chief Mark Esper defends Soleimani airstrike

Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper stepped out of the wings and took center stage in the raging Washington debate over the wisdom of President Trump's airstrike targeting a top Iranian general, defending the decision forcefully in the press and in a briefing for reporters at the Pentagon and insisting Iran was "days away" from an attack of its own. Published January 7, 2020

In this Dec. 3, 2010, photo, U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Sean Willis, 35, from Denver, N.C. stands with fellow soldiers from 1st Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division at al-Asad Air Base in western Iraq as the unit gathers before beginning their 18-hour journey home after a year in Iraq. The first time Sgt. 1st Class Willis returned from Iraq in 2003, he was whisked away to attend the birth of his son. Four deployments later, his seven-year-old son, Aidan, was on hand to meet him at Fort Stewart, Ga. More than seven years after 1st Brigade entered Baghdad as the first conventional U.S. forces in Iraq, its soldiers are coming home from a yearlong deployment that saw the end of combat operations.  (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

'Operation Martyr Soleimani': Iran hits U.S. bases in Iraq with rocket attacks

Iran fired a barrage of ballistic missiles at two U.S. bases in neighboring Iraq on Tuesday evening in retaliation for the killing of a top Iranian general, putting Washington and Tehran on a collision course that threatens to disrupt the entire Middle East, shake global markets and drag President Trump into a foreign conflict he has long sought to avoid. Published January 7, 2020

In this image from video, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper talks to the press on Iran and Iraq, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, at the Pentagon in Washington. (divids via AP)

Esper expects retaliation from Iran after Soleimani killing

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Tuesday Iran is likely to lash out at the United States at some point, either through one of their proxy groups or by themselves, in response to a U.S. drone strike that killed their top general outside Baghdad's main airport last week. Published January 7, 2020

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper delivers a statement on Iraq and Syria, at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago property, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Esper warns of more Iranian actions in wake of U.S. Embassy siege

Military officials in Tehran were behind the attack on the U.S Embassy in Baghdad and are likely planning other actions through their proxies against American interests in the region, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper told reporters at the Pentagon Thursday. Published January 2, 2020

In this Feb. 12, 2009, file photo, the Pentagon is seen from Air Force One. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Pentagon warns troops against using at-home DNA kits

At-home DNA kits from companies like 23andMe and Ancestry.com could pose a security risk for members of the military, the Pentagon is warning in an internal memo obtained by Yahoo.com. Published December 27, 2019

This summer 2018 file photo provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows the U.S. Coast Guard Icebreaker Healy on a research cruise in the Chukchi Sea of the Arctic Ocean. (Devin Powell/NOAA via AP, File)

China's Arctic ambitions spark fear among U.S. military leaders

China's growing ambitions in the Arctic represent a major national security threat to the United States, top U.S. military leaders said recently, underscoring why American lawmakers and the Pentagon are now scrambling to revamp the nation's Arctic strategy and quickly commission new vessels capable of operating in the icy region. Published December 26, 2019

In this Dec. 12, 2017, file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the troops at the Hemeimeem air base in Syria. The violence raging once again in the northwestern province of Idlib, Syria's last rebel-held bastion, is putting Turkish-Russian relations to the test. (Mikhail Klimentyev/Pool Photo via AP, File) **FILE**

Russians move into Syrian town once held by U.S.

Russian military officials claimed Thursday to have taken over a key northern Syrian village that was under U.S. military control until just a few days ago -- a development that came as President Trump warned Russian, Syrian and Iranian forces to stop killing civilians in the war-torn nation. Published December 26, 2019

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listens to a question during a media availability at the State Department, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

'Blood on their hands': Pompeo rips Russia, China over Syrian refugee aid veto

China and Russia's veto of a United Nations resolution to reauthorize assistance to Syrian refugees through border crossings not under government control is drawing condemnation from aid groups like "Save the Children" and government officials like Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Published December 22, 2019

Defense Secretary Mark Esper speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon in Washington, Friday, Dec. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Pentagon leaders reject negative view of war in 'Afghan Papers'

The top officials at the Pentagon are rejecting the narrative of a massive inspector general's survey that government officials over multiple administrations deceived the public and Congress over the state of the war in Afghanistan and the troubled efforts to rebuild the country. Published December 20, 2019

Navy midshipmen parade before an NCAA college football game against Army, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) **FILE**

Academies say hand gestures part of game, not coded racist sign

Military officials cleared cadets and midshipmen of making racist, white-power hand gestures before this month's Army-Navy game, saying Friday they were actually playing an innocent prank "circle game" when caught on television cameras. Published December 20, 2019

President Donald Trump, center, smiles as he eats dinner accompanied by Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., right, during a surprise Thanksgiving Day visit to the troops, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019, at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Military support for Trump softens in new poll

Support appears to be softening for President Trump from some members of the military, thought to be among his most fervent backers and a group he frequently holds out as the best America has to offer. Published December 18, 2019