Volume 62, Number 6
Listed below are selected features from our June 2012 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
Happy Birthday, Army
By GEN Frederick J. Kroesen, USA Ret.
On its 237th birthday, the Army's "1-million-strong professional force ... is the envy of all other nations."
Education, Experience and Training: Responsibilities to the Army as a Profession
By LTG James M. Dubik, USA Ret.
"Simply put, the Army's future rests not just on the backs of our senior leaders and their fighting ability but also, and perhaps more importntly, on their brains and the variety of their experiences."
Mission Command: Do We Have the Stomach for What Is Really Required?
By COL Tom Guthrie
"If we intend to truly embrace mission command, then we should do it to the fullest, and that will require commitment to changing a culture from one of control and process to one of decentralization and trust."
Mission Command: Reflections from the Combined Arms Center Commander
By LTG David G. Perkins
A decade of experience in Iraq and Afghanistan has contributed to the evolution of mission command, promoting disciplined initiative and empowering leaders to adjust operations within their commander’s intent.
Cross-Functional Team Staff Structure in the Afghanistan Counterinsurgency
By BG Wayne W. Grigsby Jr., LTC Mark E. Johnson, LTC Ed Ledford, LTC John Callery, LTC Paul P. Smith Jr., COL Michael Rothstein and MAJ Gail Fisher
With functional experts of varied expertise and rank working collaboratively and simultaneously, cross-functional teams bring critical attributes of mission command to the task of developing actionable plans in hours or minutes.
Special Operations/Conventional Forces Interdependence: A Critical Role in ‘Prevent, Shape, Win’
By MG Bennet S. Sacolick and BG Wayne W. Grigsby Jr.
To guide institutional change required over the past 10 years, the Army must integrate the cultures and capabilities of special operations forces and conventional forces.
CEMA: A Key to Success in Unified Land Operations
By BG Wayne W. Grigsby Jr., COL J. Garrett Howard, Tony McNeill and LTC Gregg Buehler, USA Ret.
By codifying cyber-electric activities (CEMA) within its doctrine, the Army is integrating and managing electronic warfare, cyberspace and electromagnetic spectrum activities within unified land operations.
Toxic Leadership: What Are We Talking About?
By LTG Walter F. Ulmer Jr., USA Ret.
'Toxic leaders corrupt healthy climates,' states the author. Their presence in the Army, though in the minority, must be recognized, individuals must be identified and action that doesn't compromise command authority must be implemented.
An Open Letter to My West Point Roommate, MG Neal Creighton, USA Retired
By MG Guy S. Meloy, USA Ret.
The commander of a combat battalion reveals what really happened on the day of the so-called ‘pot party’ in 1970.
Company Command—Building Combat-Ready Teams: Third-Generation Leadership—Redux
Experienced company commanders trace the evolution of their leadership style to their first troop commander.
Afghan Endgames: Strategy and Policy Choices for America’s Longest War
Edited by Hy Rothstein and John Arquilla
Medal of Honor: Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty
Ataturk: Lessons in Leadership from the Greatest General of the Ottoman Empire