Earlier today, the Department of Defense announced a new medal. It recognizes “extraordinary achievement, not involving acts of valor in combat, directly impacting combat operations of other military operations.” Think drones. The DWM ranks below the Distinguished Flying Cross, but above the Bronze Star and the award’s Blue, Red and White ribbon will suspend a laurel wreath encircling a domed and grid-lined globe. There is no geographic limitation on the medal, and the domain for the award includes air, land, maritime, space and cyberspace. The DWM cannot be given for action prior to Sept. 22, 2001.