Volume 63, Number 12
Listed below are selections from our December 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
What is the Requirement?
By GEN Frederick J. Kroesen, USA Ret.
“There is one great question that no one seems to address: What is the grand requirement for identifying the miitary forces that will be capable of guaranteeing our national security and protecting our national interests?"
Becoming a Full Spectrum Army
By LTG James M. Dubik, USA Ret.
“All good leaders have a part to play in resisting" the Army's "tendency to focus on one form of war and make a checklist out of everything."
2013 AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition—The Army and the Budget Battle:
Leaders Relay Dark Prospects at AUSA’s Annual Meeting
By Dennis Steele
Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh, Army Chief of Staff GEN Raymond T. Odierno and other Army leaders spoke about the crippling effects of current and future funding on the Army’s readiness and explained how they are trying to mitigate budget shortfalls. A fixation on technology could deflect focus from the Army and its future needs, former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates noted, but history repeatedly illustrates the need for a prepared and powerful land force.
A Fight Worth Remembering: The Battle of the Bulge
By COL Kevin W. Farrell, USA Ret.
A conflict so vast and complex it challenges comprehension, the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium’s Ardennes Forest demonstrated the U.S. Army’s ability after five months of combat in Western Europe not only to withstand a German counterattack but also to turn the tide of World War II.
By MAJ John W. Davis, USAR Ret.
A trip to the pine forests and crossroads of the Belgian town of Bastogne helped one family comprehend the patience and dedication of the paratroopers of the 101st Airborne Division, who braved record snows and vicious winds to outlast a German siege during the Battle of the Bulge.
The Outpost: A Weapon of Mass Destruction
By LTG Daniel P. Bolger, USA Ret.
Ten years ago, the Army captured Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. He was hiding in a dirt “spider hole” near his hometown of Tikrit, Iraq.
CompanyCommand: What NOT to Do as a Platoon Leader
Company-level officers discuss various pitfalls confronting platoon leaders, sharing their own past mistakes and what they learned from them as well as offering helpful advice.
Cold Days in Hell: American POWs in Korea
William Clark Latham Jr.
Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution
Carnivore: A Memoir by One of the Deadliest American Soldiers of All Time
Dillard Johnson and James Tarr
Strategic Thinking in 3D: A Guide for National Security, Foreign Policy, and Businsss Professionals
An Unsung Soldier: The Life of Gen. Andrew J. Goodpaster
Robert S. Jordan
The Mons Pocket
Steve Bowman, Jack Neufeld and Paul Gorman
One Hundred Victories: Special Ops and the Future of American Warfare