ARMY Magazine July 2013 

6/17/2013 12:00 AM 

Volume 63, Number 7

Listed below are selections from our July 2013 issue. To read all the articles in ARMY Magazine, join AUSA and receive a subscription as part of your membership.

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Front & Center

The Fourth of July
By GEN Frederick J. Kroesen, USA Ret.
“We can honestly and without qualification credit our forebears with providing our common defense, promoting the general welfare and guaranteeing the blessings of liberty that we continue to enjoy." 

The Path Ahead
By COL Charles D. Allen, USA Ret.
Many junior officers "see clearly that the Army is in an era of transition and turmoil," and unless they "see a path ahead in their branches or in the Army," they may leave the service."


Toward Strategic Landpower
By LTG Charles T. Cleveland and LTC Stuart L. Farris
Although AirLand Battle remains a valid military strategic concept for waging war against traditional military threats, the Army needs a coherent and comprehensive concept for fighting among the irregular and hybrid enemies it will continue to ­face in the future.

Virtual Immersion Training: Bloodless Battles For Small-Unit Readiness
By MG Bob Scales, USA Ret.
Virtual simulation training allows soldiers to gain close combat experience in safe immersion exercises that teach them to react to a wide variety of circumstances.

Small Arms Training Ammunition Update
By Scott R. Gourley
Two types of training ammunition—produced by Ultimate Training Munitions and General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems Simunition Operations—offer variety, flexibility and new safety features.

Historically Speaking: Gettysburg and Vicksburg at 150
By BG John S. Brown, USA Ret.
July 4 marks the anniversary of two turning points of the Civil War: MG George G. Meade and his Army of the Potomac’s defeat of GEN Robert E. Lee and his Confederate forces at Gettysburg, Pa., and the surrender of the fortress city of Vicksburg, Miss., after a historic siege.

Why GEN Lee Ordered Pickett’s Charge
By COL Cole C. Kingseed, USA Ret.
Pickett’s Charge, in which GEN Robert E. Lee sent his Army of Northern Virginia against the Union center during the Battle of Gettysburg, was the Confederate general’s effort to destroy the Union Army of the Potomac in Northern territory and end the Civil War.

Remembering MG George G. Meade: The Forgotten Victor of Gettysburg
By COL Kevin W. Farrell, USA Ret.
Although his Army of the Potomac defeated GEN Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia in the Battle of Gettysburg, MG George G. Meade’s lack of charisma and follow-through relegated him to relative obscurity.

Counterpoint to Combat: The Education of Airborne Commander James M. Gavin
By David Hein
James M. (Jumpin’ Jim) Gavin’s drive impelled him upward, and his refusal to give up the battlefield ensured his military success.

CompanyCommand: Designing Your World-Class Physical Fitness Program
Company commanders compare their ideas on designing and building the ideal physical training program for their units.


Washington Report
News Call
Historically Speaking
Soldier Armed


State of War: The Political Economy of American Warfare, 1945–2011
Paul A.C. Koistinen

Gettysburg: The Last Invasion
Allen C. Guelzo

The Men of Alpha Company: Combat with the 173rd Airborne Brigade, Vietnam, 1969–1970
John D. Chapla

The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, Volume 6: ‘The Whole World Hangs in the Balance,’
January 8, 1947–September 30, 1949
Edited by Larry I. Bland, Mark A. Stoler, Sharon Ritenour Stevens and Daniel D. Holt

Battalion Commanders at War: U.S. Army Tactical Leadership in the Mediterranean Theater,
Steven Thomas Barry