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Many soldiers might recognize their local Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army from the ceremonies the aides attend or the help they have provided to troops or their families. What most people don’t know is the Civilian Aide to the Secretary...
“Mission first, people always” is a motto that rings true and cuts to the heart of what the Army is about. The Army exists to deploy, fight and win our nation’s wars, yet every aspect of operations remains a human endeavor. A soldier is behind every...
For the first time in over 43 years, the U.S. Army Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia, has overhauled One-Station Unit Training for initial-entry infantry soldiers. The familiar 14-week training model dates to 1978 and remained relatively...
Although British and American societies differ in some ways, in terms of the contemporary recruiting environment, our armies face almost identical challenges: most 17- to 24-year-olds have little or no connection with the military; the strength of...
In the 21st century, everything is at your fingertips thanks to modern technology. People have adapted to receiving information immediately to help them easily plan ahead, from minutes to months, using a suite of mobile device apps. Now imagine you’...
On May 8, 2014, about three years into Syria’s civil war, anti-government forces prepared explosives—reportedly about 20 tons—in a freshly dug tunnel under the city of Aleppo. Above ground, Syrian soldiers in a hotel being used by the Syrian army...
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Future Warfighting Requires Agile Training Adopting Mission Command: Developing Leaders for a Superior Command Culture. Donald E. Vandergriff. Naval Institute Press (An AUSA Title). 320 pages. $49.95 By Col. J.P. Clark A “significant difference...
The Army is in the midst of a reorientation—planning and preparing for conflict with peer and near-peer adversaries, as directed by the 2018 National Military Strategy. This reorientation will involve changes big and small, with the Army embracing...
Land power is the key to American military strategy. We must integrate other domains as well—precision missile strikes, cyberwarfare and freedom of navigation operations are all essential to modern warfighting—but as long as people live on the land...
Sun Tzu said, “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” Today, this supreme art is taking on unprecedented forms in the cyber environment. Wars are fought and the hearts and minds of populations captured in a landscape with...
Command Sgt. Maj. Michael A. Grinston, who is to be sworn in on Aug. 16 as the next sergeant major of the Army, has said we need to get “back to the basics.” In my 30-plus years of service, I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard that remark...
In 2018, service academy cadets across the country participated in a Service Academy Gender Relations Survey conducted by DoD’s Office of People Analytics. The results of the survey, released this past spring, showed that 48% of women and 17% of men...
Why do so many command team and leadership vacancies exist in the U.S. Army Reserve, and why do its leaders allow units to struggle through such obstacles? The Reserve suffers from a severe shortage of battalion commanders and, to a lesser degree,...
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War Game Narrative Holds Real-World Truths The Senkaku Paradox: Risking Great Power War Over Small Stakes. Michael O’Hanlon. Brookings Institution Press. 272 pages. $27.99 By Maj. Nathan K. Finney What are the chances the United States would go to...
On March 4, 2018, British authorities say Russian agents poisoned Sergei Skripal—a former Russian military intelligence officer and U.K. double agent—and his daughter using a Novichok nerve agent. The attack took place in Salisbury, England, a town...