ARMY Magazine March 2009 

Volume 59, Number 3

Listed below are selected articles and features of our March 2009 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

This is War ... Really
By Lt. Gen. James M. Dubik
U.S. Army Ret.
Winning today’s wars depends on “a comprehensive strategy that is flexible enough to allow for local variations, yet coherent enough to work globally.”


 Selected Features

Afghanistan: America’s Main Effort Redux
By Dennis Steele
Once again, Operation Enduring Freedom is the main U.S. combat effort, but rising violence, a resurgent Taliban, increased border hostilities, a thriving drug trade and the tribal population’s fierce independence challenge the Army’s mission there.

Transformation? Or Reclamation?—Organizing to Win the War We Have and Those We May Have Yet to Fight
By Col. Gregory Fontenot, USA Ret., and Col. Kevin Benson, USA Ret.
Today’s ambiguous environment requires a balanced U.S. security strategy implemented by well trained, well led and adaptable general forces.

The Evolution of the Materiel Enterprise: Achieving Institutional Adaptation
By Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody
Today’s Army Materiel Command, with an enterprise approach that weighs costs versus benefits, sustains the Army throughout the world and is evolving to meet its future needs as it rebalances and transforms.  

The Dawn of the Manned Ground Vehicle
By Sam Tricomo and Paul D. Mehney
The eight manned ground vehicle (MGV) variants of the Future Combat Systems will deliver the full future network down to squad and platoon levels, allowing soldiers to arrive fully prepared for battlefield-specific missions.  

Precision Fires
By Scott R. Gourley
The precision fires being delivered in theater today are being evaluated for a variety of enhancements that will guarantee their continued contributions in support of tomorrow’s warfighters.

Lincoln and the Army: A Model Civil-Military Partnership
By Col. Cole C. Kingseed, USA Ret.
Commander in Chief Abraham Lincoln and Gen. Ulysses S. Grant shared a strategic vision and a mutual respect for each other's abilities.

CompanyCommand—Building Combat-Ready Teams:—Building Combat-Ready Teams: Leadership and Laptops on Combat Deployments
Company commanders consider the demands and value of computer-generated reporting, how it can monopolize platoon leaders’ time and diminish their effectiveness, and suggest ways to complete paperwork while releasing them from their laptops.




Washington Report

News Call

Soldier Armed

Historically Speaking


One Continuous Fight: The Retreat from Gettysburg and the Pursuit of Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, July 4–14, 1863
Eric J. Wittenberg, J. David Petruzzi and Michael F. Nugent

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Your Military and Veterans Benefits
Lawrence J. Webber and Katrina L. Webber

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Life as a Military Spouse
Lissa McGrath

In Words and Deeds: Battle Speeches in History
Richard F. Miller