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Seventy-five years ago, toward the end of World War II, Gen. Douglas MacArthur was plan-ning to retake the Philippine capital city of Manila—a key step in fulfilling his pledge to return to the Southeast Asian nation and liberate the islands...
In the very near future, soldiers on the battlefield may depend more on artificial intelligence than their own comrades. In fact, it doesn’t take wild conjecture to believe that soldiers won’t need to be anywhere near the battlefield but could...
Living in a tent in Afghanistan means not having secrets. Such intimate conditions unveil what time of day you work out, your bathroom routine, how loud you snore, and many other unmentionable life details. I learned in such a tent that Command Sgt...
In an Oct. 19 Washington Post online article about President Donald Trump’s decision to abruptly withdraw nearly all U.S. troops from Syria, author Missy Ryan paraphrases and quotes a prominent political scientist as saying, “While elected officials...
This spring, the Pentagon will undertake the largest deployment of American forces to Europe in the past quarter-century. Over the course of the major exercises that will comprise Defender-Europe 2020, 37,000 U.S. service members will fall in with...
There is an African proverb that states, “It takes a village ...” This maxim also holds true for the holistic approach required for soldiers who are ready, lethal and able to meet the Army’s needs. Initiatives from the Army’s SHARP, Ready and...
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Hard Climb for Original Mountain Soldiers The Winter Army: The World War II Odyssey of the 10th Mountain Division, America’s Elite Alpine Warriors. Maurice Isserman. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 336 pages. $28 By Lt. Gen. Walter Piatt In The Winter...
A significant aspect of the enduring trust the American people have in their military is an expectation of mission accomplishment while “doing the right thing”—acting ethically. This expectation is not new. While there have been challenges...
The Army’s new leaders feel momentum is on their side as America’s foundational force shifts from 18 years of counterinsurgency operations to preparing to face large and growing global threats by creating revolutionary new capabilities. Secretary of...
Two generations ago, as the Vietnam War drew to a close, the U.S. Army faced daunting challenges. Although it had painfully learned the hard lessons of counterinsurgency, those lessons came too late to maintain the support of the American public for...
Just months into his appointment as the 40th Army chief of staff, Gen. James McConville, right, has fully embraced people not just as the “top priority” military leaders often espouse, but as a valuable resource to be carefully nurtured. The 60-year...
Robots and autonomous systems. Artificial intelligence and machine learning. Quantum computing and big data. We treat these as inevitable features of the modern battlefield, and for good reason. The rapid pace of technological development and...
In the complex world of government contracting, it is important to ensure that all processes and practices meet standards for transparency and appropriate use of resources and funds. One of the largest projects in modern history for the U.S. Army...
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How Army Doctrine Got Us Here From There Military Realism: The Logic and Limits of Force and Innovation in the US Army. Peter Campbell. University of Missouri Press. 390 pages. $50 By Lt. Col. Jessica Grassetti In Military Realism: The Logic and...
The battle of Kham Duc is one of the least known—and least understood—major battles of the Vietnam War. Kham Duc was a U.S. Army Special Forces camp near the Laotian border. From May 10–12, 1968, it and the nearby patrol base of Ngok Tavak were...