ARMY Magazine September 2004 

Volume 54, Number 9

Listed below are selected articles and features of our September 2004 issue. To read all the articles in ARMY Magazine, join AUSA and get a subscription as part of your membership.

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 Front & Center

Let’s Get Closer: Remembering the Relevance of Close Combat
By Lt. Col. Robert R. Leonhard, USA Ret.
The bread and butter of the Army is the close fight.

The Need for a Modern American Militia
By Maj. Gen. Edward B. Atkeson, USA Ret. and Maj. Gen. James L. McCoskey, Indiana Guard Reserve, Ret.
Augmentation for the National Guard on the Home Front

More on the National Military Strategy
By Gen. Frederick J. Kroesen, USA Ret.
We can become much better prepared for a second "swift campaign" if we have a larger Army, particularly since our current campaign is not very swift.

 Selected Features

‘My Guys ... All Shot Up’
By Dennis Steele
Soldiers from Task Force Lancer rolled out of their forward operating base to help pinned-down comrades, and followers of the cleric Muqtada al Sadr waited on rooftops and crouched in alleys to ambush them.

Helping Iraq: A Block-by-Block Battle
By Dennis Steele
American soldiers are trying to prop up Sadr City’s crumbling civic infrastructure under a plan to make life a little better a little at a time.

U.S. and Russian Staffs Conduct Groundbreaking Exercise
By Lt. Col. Thomas W. Collins
At Torgau 2004, soldiers from the U.S. Army Southern European Task Force (Airborne) and their Russian counterparts conducted an unprecedented six-day command post exercise focused on combined operational and tactical level planning.



Washington Report

News Call

Soldier Armed


The American Foreign Legion: Black Soldiers of the 93d in World War I
Frank E. Roberts

The Path to Victory: The Mediterranean Theater in World War II
Douglas Porch

Brothers in Arms: The Epic Story of the 761st Tank Battalion, WWII’s Forgotten Heroes
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anthony Walton