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Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Council on Foreign Relations Gayle Tzemach Lemmon is a regular contributor to Defense One. Lemmon is the author of Ashley's War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield and a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.
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As Deadline Nears, Special Ops Chiefs Talk Women In Combat

July 24, 2015 Six months out from the January 1 deadline by which all U.S. military jobs will open to women unless exceptions are sought by the services, special operations leaders past and present took on the topic of women in combat. Looming large in the debate are the Cultural Support Teams, or...

Three Women Advance, Inspire at US Army’s Ranger School

July 14, 2015 They’re still in it. In the mountains of North Georgia, the U.S. Army Ranger School’s second phase opened as it has countless times before: with more than 150 men competing to beat the terrain, meet their instructors’ challenges, and earn the right to wear the coveted black-and-gold Ranger tab. Only...

How One Woman Earned Her Way Onto the Special Ops Battlefield

May 14, 2015 Editor's Note: The following is an excerpt from the book Ashley’s War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield by Defense One contributor Gayle Tzemach Lemmon. “Get your bags into the vehicle. Now!” A training instructor was standing on the sidewalk before a...

Army Shows Women No Slack at Elite Army Ranger Qualifiers

April 15, 2015 FORT BENNING, Ga. – On a lonely stretch of road inside the confines of Fort Benning, Ga., a sea of bobbing red lights bounces off soldiers’ headlamps and illuminates the grey-black pre-dawn morning. It is 5:00 am and 44 soldiers began the six-mile foot march. Just another morning and another...

A New Day in US-Afghan Relations, But for How Long?

March 26, 2015 This was a week to remember for the Afghan hands, so long out of the spotlight as America’s longest war wore on. From the White House to a joint session of Congress to a glittering (for Washington) State Department dinner for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah,...

Obama Insiders Divided About Shifting Fight From Assad to ISIS

February 3, 2015 In 2011, President Barack Obama said, “For the sake of the Syrian people, the time has come for President Assad to step aside.” Three and a half years, 200,000 deaths and more than 3 million refugees later, Assad shows no signs of abandoning the Syrian presidency. The mission that “Assad...

If Only America Cared About Actual Wars as Much as War Movies

January 6, 2015 If only America cared as much about the actual wars men and women in uniform are fighting as the country does about the films depicting their heroic deeds. The film “American Sniper” about legendary Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle broke box office records this holiday season when the picture earned...

Is Obama’s ‘Iraq First’ Strategy Working Against ISIS?

December 18, 2014 When it comes to U.S. military action against the Islamic State, the Obama administration is pursuing an Iraq first policy of strengthening Baghdad while taking back terrain the group has claimed in the country. In Iraq, unlike in Syria, the United States notes it has a government that invited them...

How Afghans Feel About the Direction of Their Country

December 2, 2014 As Afghanistan looks toward its future, with a new president at the helm and the U.S. military presence drawing down, security remains among the country’s most daunting challenges going forward. Yet the growth of the country’s economy and political protections for Afghan women are also cause for concern for a...

The Search for the Plan To Destroy ISIS

November 24, 2014 The United States has promised that America will “degrade and destroy” ISIS in a “targeted, relentless counterterrorism campaign.” But two and a half months in, ISIS’s appeal shows little sign of waning. And the question is, even if the U.S. is able to kill the elusive architect of ISIS’s ascent,...