Charles G. Kels
Charles G. Kels
Lt. Col. Charles G. Kels is a State Department attorney and Air Force reservist. His views do not reflect those of any government agency.
by | Nov 28, 2019

America witnessed an extraordinary moment in civil–military relations last week when Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a witness in the House impeachment inquiry, insisted that the committee’s ranking member address him by his Army rank. Usually the inquisitor reserves the right…

by | Jun 4, 2007

In 1990, former Senator Lowell Weicker avoided a daunting Republican primary showdown with then-Representative John Rowland by running as an independent candidate for Connecticut governor. Upon winning a narrow plurality over Rowland in the general election, Weicker quickly reneged on…

by | Apr 19, 2006

One of the more surreal moments of the 2004 presidential campaign came when retired Army Gen. Wesley Clark, then a candidate vying for the Democratic nomination, derided Sen. John Kerry for only having attained the rank of lieutenant while serving…

by | Dec 23, 2003

“I announce this necessary change to our policy with deep sadness,” wrote Dean Michael A. Fitts of the University of Pennsylvania law school. In a memorandum to “The Penn Law Community,” the dean unhappily proclaimed that the military would henceforth…

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