ADOPT THE RIGHT PLANNING HORIZON AND BUILD AN ARMY FOR WWIII

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Secretary of Defense testified recently before the House and Senate Armed Services Committees about President Biden’s fiscal year 2022 defense budget request. Some were surprised to hear China named as the “driver” or pacing threat justifying the decisions made about modernization, force structure and readiness. Whether its praise or criticism, pundits everywhere have their thoughts about how well the request meets the future and present threat. Before any of this came to light Garri Hendell penned this piece for WAR ROOM to look at the role of the U.S. Army in the future war. He has one simple rule to guide the Army; “Anything that detracts from that future mission needs to be jettisoned by the wayside or handed over to the other services.” So what is that mission?

AUTHORITY AND RESPONSIBILITY: MAYBE IT’S NOT ALL YOUR FAULT, ARMY!

No amount of strategy, operational art, or tactics can overcome a lack of national will In the United States, the employment of military forces is controlled by the military’s civilian, political masters. Subordination of our military to the civilian power is in line with our finest political traditions. It is a keystone of our democratic […]

OUR ARMY: RUN BY ENGINEERS, PREOCCUPIED WITH PROCESS?

Process and organization are merely the context within which the real, human, work of leadership occurs. West Point was the first U.S. school to offer instruction in civil engineering. West Point’s influence over the Army is debatable, but it certainly seeks to influence our young leaders. Graduates have and do make up our core cadre. […]

NEW RECRUITS GET TWO BLANKETS; MOBILIZING RESERVISTS, ONE

That there should be a connection between unit morale and combat effectiveness seems perfectly obvious. Why, then, do we treat our mobilizing soldiers so poorly? That there should be a connection between unit morale and combat effectiveness seems perfectly obvious. Why, then, do we treat our mobilizing soldiers so poorly? I am in the midst […]