ARMY Magazine May 2009 

Volume 59, Number 5

Listed below are selected articles and features of our May 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

Resurrecting Posse Comitatus in the Post-9/11 World
By COL Craig Trebilcock, U.S. Army Reserve
"The Posse Comitatus Act's underlying principles protect the people's liberties as much as any soldier on point."


 Selected Features

War Memorials
Photographs by Dennis Steele
Throughout the District of Columbia, monuments honor those who died in service to this country in World Wars I and II and the Korean and Vietnam Wars, heroes whose valor the nation remembers on Memorial Day.

Pulling Teeth: An Infantry Platoon Leader’s Perspective on a Year in Afghanistan
By 1LT Kevin Bell with Photographs by Paul Avallone
Recently returned from a year’s deployment in the remote highlands of Afghanistan's Patyka Province, a platoon leader from the 61st Cavalry, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), recounts his struggle to gain the trust and cooperation of members of local tribes.

Principles of Design for the Army the United States May Need
By COL Gregory Fontenot, USA Ret., and COL Kevin Benson, USA Ret.
Configuring its long-term force design and structure might well be the Army’s greatest challenge as it faces the likelihood of both prolonged war and short-notice future contingencies.

Retaining Great Power Status: Today’s Challenge and the ‘Power of Balance’
By LTG James M. Dubik, USA Ret.
For the United States to retain its great power status, the nation must lead the way toward balance not only at home, but also among the nations of the world, with the same sense of bold innovation that followed World War II.

CompanyCommand—Building Combat-Ready Teams:
Developing a Great Commander/First Sergeant Relationship

Company commanders share specific and practical tips on how to develop and foster an effective—and essential—CO/first sergeant relationship.




Washington Report

News Call

Soldier Armed

Historically Speaking


The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier’s Education
Craig M. Mullaney

The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century
George Friedman

Shadows in the Jungle: The Alamo Scouts Behind Japanese Lines in World War II
Larry Alexander

Patton: Legendary World War II Commander
Martin Blumenson and Kevin M. Hymel