Though hundreds of meters away, the catastrophic explosion sent a powerful shock wave through the operations center. As the battle staff watched the aerostat monitors in horror, injured civilians staggered away, covered in dust and blood, while shattered bodies littered the street. Burning and charred vehicles stood everywhere as soldiers, thrown to the ground behind concrete barriers, struggled to their feet.

The commander shot a quick glance at the sergeant major, who sprinted out the door to alert the tactical command post to get ready to roll. In a steady, hard voice, the boss called...

Battalion and squadron command posts will always face limitations in their ability to disperse and hide in terrain. Equipment availability significantly impacts how each unit executes command post operations. Synchronizing operations and increasing the likelihood of mission success is best achieved by bringing warfighting functions together in one location.

Due to equipment shortfalls, our unit, the 4th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, out of Fort Carson, Colorado, had a limited capacity to run an expeditionary-style command post...

A common attitude among many U.S. Army leaders with respect to ethics and the moral dimension of our profession—deciding, acting and leading in accordance with the law of armed conflict and Army Values—appears to be that of a bread baker who considers flour an optional ingredient. Many leaders similarly consider ethics an optional ingredient in decision-making. It’s as if they think they can make a decision, then see if it’s moral. No one should be surprised at this bifurcated approach in the Army.

The U.S. Army War College, for example, has a core strategic leadership course with one...

Every year, an elite group of recruits arrives at Joint Base San Antonio for an intensive training program and evaluation—all before the recruits turn 1 year old.

These 50 to 90 puppy candidates are Belgian Malinois, a smart, confident and versatile breed of dog similar to the more compact German shepherd. They are trained and evaluated by the Air Force’s 341st Training Squadron, which is responsible for training military working dogs for all the services and the Defense Department. Alongside fellow canine recruits from global breeders, these dogs are an essential part of the U.S. Army’s...

While the Army must transform for the future, it also must move with urgency to contend with today’s increasingly volatile and complex world, the service’s top general said.

“The difference today is the tech disruption we’ve had, the volatility is completely different, and just how fast things are spinning on the tech side,” Army Chief of Staff Gen. Randy George said. “I think it’s completely different from what we’ve seen, and there’s a lot of implications with that and how we do business and how we change.”

Since being sworn in last September as the 41st Army chief of staff, George has...

Polo is considered one of mankind’s oldest team sports. It dates back more than 2,500 years, and it’s a military sport, developed to keep mounted warriors and their steeds ready for combat.

Famous leaders such as Alexander the Great, Teddy Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Gen. George Patton Jr. are all credited as having been enthusiastic polo players. The modern version of polo came from British officers who observed Indians playing polo in Manipur in the 1860s and brought the sport back to England. Rules were codified, and from England, polo spread across Europe and to the U.S. in 1876....

The U.S. Army Materiel Command and the U.S. Army sustainment enterprise remain focused on projecting and sustaining combat power, because sustainment is about warfighting, period.

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Randy George made this clear last fall when he assigned Army Materiel Command (AMC) as lead for one of the service’s key focus areas: delivering ready combat formations. His charge, in an October “Message to the Army Team” also signed by Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael Weimer and Army Secretary Christine Wormuth: “We must be ready to get our formations to the fight and sustain them there.”

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Have you ever thought about the cost of loneliness? Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, around 50% of American adults reported being lonely, according to the U.S. surgeon general. Chronic feelings of loneliness or social isolation have an impact on one’s lifespan that is similar to smoking up to 15 cigarettes a day.

According to the May 2023 U.S. surgeon general’s advisory, “Our Epidemic of Loneliness and Isolation,” loneliness increases the risk for cardiovascular disease, dementia, stroke, depression, anxiety and premature death. Loneliness has proven to be more deadly than obesity and...

Have you ever thought about the cost of loneliness? Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, around 50% of American adults reported being lonely, according to the U.S. surgeon general. Chronic feelings of loneliness or social isolation have an impact on one’s lifespan that is similar to smoking up to 15 cigarettes a day.

According to the May 2023 U.S. surgeon general’s advisory, “Our Epidemic of Loneliness and Isolation,” loneliness increases the risk for cardiovascular disease, dementia, stroke, depression, anxiety and premature death. Loneliness has proven to be more deadly than obesity and...

Know how many soldiers you are responsible for and ensure their readiness, both professionally and personally. This is the fundamental requirement given to leaders at all levels of the U.S. Army. Personnel systems reflect the unit a soldier is assigned to, without effectively considering the location they work at.

Yet, most Army services for health, welfare and morale are based at installations to serve the population working at or near that location. This presents a challenge for garrison and senior commanders who must take care of all soldiers within a particular geographic area, but do...

Know how many soldiers you are responsible for and ensure their readiness, both professionally and personally. This is the fundamental requirement given to leaders at all levels of the U.S. Army. Personnel systems reflect the unit a soldier is assigned to, without effectively considering the location they work at.

Yet, most Army services for health, welfare and morale are based at installations to serve the population working at or near that location. This presents a challenge for garrison and senior commanders who must take care of all soldiers within a particular geographic area, but do...

Know how many soldiers you are responsible for and ensure their readiness, both professionally and personally. This is the fundamental requirement given to leaders at all levels of the U.S. Army. Personnel systems reflect the unit a soldier is assigned to, without effectively considering the location they work at.

Yet, most Army services for health, welfare and morale are based at installations to serve the population working at or near that location. This presents a challenge for garrison and senior commanders who must take care of all soldiers within a particular geographic area, but do...

The U.S. Army Reserve soldier’s career development autonomy and agency are unmatched in the U.S. military. That is for a good reason, as the Army Reserve is the second-largest reserve component of the military, without the state-specific limitations of the Army National Guard. The Army Reserve must find a staffing sweet spot that balances the component’s requirements with enough flexibility for fulfilling civilian employment.

This structure most benefits those in the know and demands that Army Reserve leaders share their understanding of and experience in the component. Geography is a...

The U.S. Army Reserve soldier’s career development autonomy and agency are unmatched in the U.S. military. That is for a good reason, as the Army Reserve is the second-largest reserve component of the military, without the state-specific limitations of the Army National Guard. The Army Reserve must find a staffing sweet spot that balances the component’s requirements with enough flexibility for fulfilling civilian employment.

This structure most benefits those in the know and demands that Army Reserve leaders share their understanding of and experience in the component. Geography is a...

Changes are coming and signature programs are set to grow as the Army’s talent management initiatives enter their fifth year.

A top priority for senior Army leaders, the service has worked to implement programs designed to better identify, manage and use the talents of soldiers and civilian employees across the force.

“The United States Army exists for one purpose, to protect the Nation by fighting and winning our Nation’s wars as a member of the Joint Force, and our readiness depends on a quality All-Volunteer Force,” Army Secretary Christine Wormuth and then-Army Chief of Staff Gen...