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While watching yet another news report about what is going on in the streets of America—civil unrest, lack of accountability, equal justice, racism and politics—I decided to clean my basement. What I found is why I am typing: a dog-eared copy of one...
The U.S. continues to face rapid and unexpected challenges that test the strength and resolve of our military. Soldiers undoubtedly will be called to support a range of missions including combat and noncombat operations such as humanitarian...
In the early 1950s, the Army created Special Forces units, which were dedicated to conducting unconventional warfare. To stay prepared for this complex mission, Special Forces Operational Detachment A trains and plans for unconventional warfare...
The Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990 was the most sweeping financial management reform legislation in 40 years when enacted. Based on private industry standards, the intent was for the government to enhance its financial management practices to...
I have been in command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for over four years. While we have stepped up to a significant number of challenges, including volcanoes, hurricanes, wildfires and rebuilding power grids, none has been as monumental a...
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Swift Narrative Details Prewar Mobilization The Rise of the G.I. Army, 1940–1941: The Forgotten Story of How America Forged a Powerful Army Before Pearl Harbor. Paul Dickson. Atlantic Monthly Press. 416 pages. $30 By Brian McAllister Linn Paul...
One of the largest DoD health care Foreign Military Sales cases ever implemented is being fulfilled in the form of a joint, multinational Trauma, Burn and Rehabilitative Medicine program in the United Arab Emirates. The Trauma, Burn and...
Military science has a well-known dictum that the nature of warfare is constant but the character of war—the ways and means in which it is fought--is always changing. This is a central theme of Vom Kriege (“ On War” ), the famous work by the 19 th -...
Adversaries continue to contest the nation’s use of space, persistently challenging our space dominance and our ability to provide space capabilities. They are using this domain for tactical functions and increasingly incorporating space operations...
When first asked if I would volunteer to join a security force assistance brigade, my answer was a hard “no,” but after serving in one for nearly 24 months, I can say I am glad I ended up saying “yes.” Everything I thought I knew about these...
A cursory reading of A Christmas Carol would be the best preparation for the times ahead. One could imagine a chapter wherein Scrooge would declare, “Oh, spirit, make it like it was; I want things to go back to normal.” The exasperated spirit would...
Army aviation has a well-documented legacy of supporting soldiers. Across the globe, soldiers rely on Army aviation to provide everything from protection and lethality, to reconnaissance and surveillance, to food and water. Behind the aircraft and...
Imagine you are an Army signal officer in the field with your unit on deployment. The mission is proceeding smoothly, but unexpectedly, your trailer-mounted Satellite Transportable Terminal flips over in a ditch. When you turn it on, you cannot...
Ike’s Strategic Approach to Decision-Making How Ike Led: The Principles Behind Eisenhower’s Biggest Decisions. Susan Eisenhower. Thomas Dunne Books. 400 pages. $29.99 By Lt. Col. Daniel Sukman Few leaders through history have made more strategic...
The Army Historical Foundation on 12 June announced the winners of their 2019 Distinguished Writing Awards. We are proud to relate that one of the AUSA Book Program titles was selected as the winner of the Biography category: Edward M. Almond and...