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Mike Glenn

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

Articles by Mike Glenn

In this photo provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy attends an event for marking Statehood Day in Mykhailivska Square in Kyiv, Friday, July 28, 2023. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP) ** FILE **

Zelenskyy fires military recruitment directors in corruption crackdown

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy sacked the directors of Ukraine's regional military recruitment centers as part of a wide-ranging crackdown on corruption in a system that provides urgently needed soldiers for the country's ongoing counteroffensive against Russian occupiers. Published August 11, 2023

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, second from right, with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley speaks during a meeting with Iraq's Minister of Defense Thabit Muhammad Al-Abbas at the Pentagon in Washington, Monday, Aug. 7, 2023. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Austin shuffles top brass as standoff with Tuberville deepens

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin is shuffling his senior military advisers at the Pentagon to fill vacant top-level positions as an ongoing feud with Sen. Tommy Tuberville over the Defense Department's abortion policy shows no signs of resolving. Published August 8, 2023

ECOWAS Senegalese troops hold their position in Barra, across from the Gambian capital Banjul Jan. 22, 2017. West Africa's regional bloc known as ECOWAS has threatened the use of force in reinstating the president of Niger after he was deposed by his military but how the bloc would carry out the threat remains unclear, with a military deployment on the table. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

Pentagon suspends operations with Niger’s military after coup

The Pentagon on Tuesday suspended security cooperation with Niger's military following last week's ouster of the country's democratically elected president, a coup that has already prompted several European countries to begin evacuating their citizens. Published August 1, 2023

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping, also chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), center, poses for photos with the commander of the rocket force Wang Houbin, top left, and its political commissar Xu Xisheng, top right, after promoting them to the rank of general in Beijing on Monday, July 31, 2023. Banner above reads "Central Military Commission Promotion to General Ceremony" (Li Gang/Xinhua via AP)

Pentagon official: China still won’t talk to us

A top Defense Department official said Beijing continues to rebuff attempts to establish communications with senior leaders in the Pentagon even as China advances its military expansion plans while the U.S. ramps up lethal assistance to Taiwan. Published August 1, 2023

A cargo ship approaches the port of Piraeus as other ships are anchored, near Athens, Greece in this May 26, 2020 file photo. The United Nations is trying to figure out how to help more than 300,000 merchant mariners trapped at sea because of COVID-19 virus restrictions that they face when they get home. Describing the desperation of seafarers who've been afloat for a year or more, Captain Hedi Marzougui pleaded their case Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 at a U.N.-organized meeting with shipping executives and government transport officials.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, File)

First ships on board military’s tanker security program

The Transportation Department this week signed up the first nine commercial ships for its Tanker Security Program, which provides the Pentagon with a fleet of privately owned bulk petroleum carriers. Published July 28, 2023

About 1700 drones are displayed before being sent to the frontline, to be used against Russian forces in Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, July 25, 2023. (AP Photo/Libkos)

Ukraine steps up pace of counteroffensive against Russian occupiers

Intense fighting in Ukraine's western Zaporizhia Oblast this week may be a sign that Kyiv has reached a turning point in its counteroffensive against Russian occupiers. The country's military commanders appear to be pouring thousands of Western-trained and equipped troops into the battle who had been held in reserve for nearly a month. Published July 27, 2023