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SASC Women in Combat Hearing: Truman Statement

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) will hold a hearing on the implementation of the Secretary of Defense’s decision to open all ground combat roles to qualified women. Michael Breen, President and CEO of the Truman National Security Project, and an Army veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, said: “Those of us […]

The Daily Beast: Women Don’t Shy From Combat

Truman Project Fellow Kayla Williams disproves reports that women in the military are unwilling to switch into combat jobs. “Few women want combat jobs” a recent headline announced. I was startled—this was a totally different impression than I got at a December 2013 Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS) meeting when a U.S. Army […]

Wall Street Journal TV: Marines Delay Fitness Plan Rollout for Female Soldiers

Truman National Security Project Fellow Kayla Williams explains her views on women’s roles in combat and fitness tests in the military. Click here to watch the full segment

What Senior Leaders Get Wrong on Military Sexual Assault

I’ve been out of the military for years now, but remain closely involved with the military community as an advocate for women in the military, veterans, wounded warriors, and military families. Since sexual harassment and assault have been prominently featured in the media lately, these issues frequently come up in discussions. A series of conversations […]

Threatening Stereotypes and Testing Women for Combat Jobs

In the wake of the announcement lifting the outright ban on women being assigned to ground combat arms jobs and small units, the military is focusing intensely on physical demands and abilities as they consider which positions and roles should be opened to women. A phenomenon known as stereotype threat could skew the results of […]

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