Welcome to Generation War

U.S. Army soldiers in Al Muradia village, Iraq. Flickr/U.S. Army

An entire generation has come of age with America perpetually at war, and with nothing to show for it.

Issue: July-August 2016

SINCE WORLD WAR II—the largest military effort ever by the United States, and one ending with clear victory—the use of U.S. military force overseas has exhibited two patterns. One is the increasing frequency and duration of the application of force. This trend has become especially noticeable since the turn of the twenty-first century, with the United States fighting its two longest major military campaigns, in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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