It has been more than 300 days since the Pentagon has given a press briefing.  That is not smart PR. The public should know what the military is thinking, not the least because it is such a large part of taxpayer funds.  Press briefings also humanize the military — put faces to names and provide a better understanding of strategy, allies and foes.  In a time of terrorists, unfriendly countries with nuclear weapons and rising dictatorships, the public depends more than ever on a properly functioning military.  Citing security risks of being seen in public is not enough of a reason to duck the media.  Yes, reporters ask tough questions but the Pentagon should be ready to answer them.  If the Brass are taking their cue from President Trump, that is yet another harm he causing to public discourse.  

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