Remembering a Sine Wave: A History of Feast and Famine for the U.S. Army

October 7, 2013

The 20th century provided the American nation with a long history in which the resources needed to fight wars and to maintain credible fighting forces during periods of peace varied from surfeit to meagerness, from feast to famine. The impact of each of these identifiable periods on the mission effectiveness of the Army and on the lives of Soldiers and their families is both a lesson in history and, perhaps, a worrisome portent for the 21st century.