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War is like a chess game. One player strategically maneuvers his pieces seeking windows of opportunity to destroy his opponent’s critical vulnerability—the king. Ideally, he uses one or more pieces to fix the king in place and give no option to his...
In October 2017, the U.S. Army announced the establishment of eight cross-functional teams. The teams were created to accelerate capability development amid growing strategic competition with potential near-peer adversaries such as Russia and China...
The 2018 National Defense Strategy acknowledges that professional military education “has stagnated, focused more on the accomplishment of mandatory credit at the expense of lethality and ingenuity.” As a remedy, the strategy emphasizes a commitment...
At the height of World War II, Army Chief of Staff Gen. George C. Marshall addressed the difficulty of selecting competent combat leaders before their employment in active operations. “The most important factor of all,” Marshall said, “is character...
Special Operations Soldiers Lead the Way Run to the Sound of the Guns: The True Story of an American Ranger at War in Afghanistan and Iraq. Nicholas Moore and Mir Bahmanyar. Osprey Publishing. 303 pages. $30 By Charles W. Sasser In the tradition of...
Like it or not, millennials—sometimes stereotypically considered entitled, lazy and overly emotional—are the future of our military, and that may be a good thing. It is time to understand them. Considering the average age of enlisted members was 27...
The George W. Bush administration was wrong with its 2003 “Mission Accomplished” pronouncement regarding Iraq. The defeat of Saddam Hussein’s army, in fact, did not accomplish the mission. Rather, it changed the character of the war. Eight years...