3/17/2014 12:00 AM 

ARMY Magazine Volume 64, Number 4

Listed below are selections from our April 2014 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 Best and the Brightest—Again
By Gen. Frederick J. Kroesen, USA Ret.
"Even with those waves of 'best and brightest' departures, Army leadership during the past century has been as good or better than any other profession."


U.S. Army Pacific Makes Major Moves to Face Regional Challenges
By Gen. Vincent K. Brooks and Lt. Col. Charlie H. Kim
The nation’s military rebalance toward the Asia-Pacific has made U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC) the centerpiece of the United States’ commitment to the region. Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, USARPAC commanding general, and division chief Lt. Col. Charlie H. Kim describe how the command is transforming to take on its broader role of preserving peace, ensuring stability and coping with contingencies as it builds military relationships and regional partnerships.

Candor: Can the Army Handle the Truth?
By Rick Maze
Army culture can make candor—already often hard and discomfiting—even more difficult, but some leaders believe telling the truth contributes to the flow and accuracy of information at the same time that it builds trust.

Security Force Assistance: Applying Lessons from Iraq in Afghanistan
By Maj. Thomas Nelson and Capt. Eamon Breslin
Lessons learned during a 2010 deployment in Iraq on how to work well with and appeal to a local population were quite valuable to soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, when they deployed to Afghanistan in 2012. 

Army Space and Missile Defense Plays a Critical Role
in Protecting the Nation
By Lt. Gen. David L. Mann
U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command maintains and advances the Army’s capabilities in space and missile defense, allowing the force to dominate its adversaries.

Re-greening of Aviation Maintenance
U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command is working to retrain soldiers in maintenance and have them replace civilian contractors.

Radical Changes Required in Recruiting
By Maj. Gen. Allen Batschelet, Rick Ayer and Col. Mike Runey
Today’s recruiters need the best technology and equipment to reach and attract soldiers-to-be, and the Army must find creative ways to attract recruits in a society where fewer people are fit to enlist or interested in joining. 


Washington Report
News Call
Soldier Armed
Historically Speaking


Smokey Joe & the General: The Tale of Gen. John E. Wood and His Protégé Lt. Ed Rowny
Edward L. Rowny

Hundred Days: The Campaign That Ended World War I
Nick Lloyd

A Death in San Pietro: The Untold Story of Ernie Pyle, John Huston, and the Fight
for Purple Heart Valley
Tim Brady

Bringing It All Back Home: An Oral History of New York City’s Vietnam Veterans
Philip F. Napoli