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With the Stryker armored fighting vehicle having proven its track record under the most severe combat conditions since its introduction in 2002, General Dynamics Corp. – the company that designed and built it – is gearing up to broaden its...
Since the first unmanned robots debuted on the battlefield in Bosnia in 1999, the devices have more than proved their worth in a variety of missions. Troops in the field who once had to put themselves in harm’s way for explosive-ordnance disposal (...
Defense Language Institute
The Defense Language Institute categorizes languages into four levels of difficulty.
Bradley Fire Support Team Vehicle
The Army has long had a need to deliver precision indirect fires. Yet recent political debates have spotlighted that need to the point that “precision fires” are suddenly becoming part of the public lexicon—debated on the OpEd pages of local...
US Army Soldier with Binoculars
Since their invention in the first half of the 19th century, binoculars have played a critical role in many tactical military operations. It has only been in the last decade, however, that U.S. Army binoculars have been optimized to meet the unique...
Human intelligence (HUMINT)-gathering at the unit level in Iraq isn’t a 007-style enterprise. It’s plugging away, day after day, collecting bits and pieces of information—some big, some small—and trying to piece the local puzzle together; meanwhile...
We now return to the question of whether in the information-worshipping age of today, anti-intellectualism in our military has at last made its grudging exit.
My purposes in this two-part article are to trace the origins and manifestations of this anti-intellectual bias within the American military tradition.
Helicopter
“September 11 is one of those moments in history that toughens a generation,” 1st Lt. Jarat Ford remarked on the night that American air strikes began against the Taliban and al Qaeda terrorists in Afghan­istan. It was his 25th birthday, and the...
SPC April Gallop and her son Elisha, both were present at the Pentagon on 9/11
“Of the day that all of this began—Tuesday, September 11—I have many memories,” SMA Jack L. Tilley told the soldiers, Army civilian employees and Army contractors who were seated in two rows inside Conmy Hall at Fort Myer, Va. “But few are as strong...
Is It Time For A 360-Degree Officer Evaluation System
In his book Eisenhower’s Lieutenants , respected military historian Russell F. Weigley tells an interesting story about Gen. George C. Marshall, the World War II Army Chief of Staff and someone who wielded almost complete control over the promotion...