RETHINKING STRATEGY IN VIETNAM AFTER TET – EPISODE 1

From an American-centric scholarship standpoint, I think much of it is driven by this search for finding a scapegoat to make it understandable for why we lost.   A BETTER PEACE welcomes three scholars of the American War in Vietnam to sit down with Editor-In-Chief Jacqueline Whitt to examine the Tet Offensive and its significance in the […]

THE MOST IMPORTANT LEGACY OF THE VIETNAM CONFLICT: (A WHITEBOARD)

The very existence of the draft motivated enough men to enlist voluntarily that all branches of service were able to fill their quotas, often without conscripts. For this whiteboard we reached out again to several scholars and asked the following: What, to date, has been the most important legacy of the Vietnam Conflict? Readers are invited […]

MEDIA AND THE MILITARY: A MATTER OF PROFESSIONALISM (LOOKING AT YOU, #FOXNEWSIES)

As long as reporters abide by agreed-upon rules of operational security and attribution and make a good-faith effort to provide context and fact-checking regarding the news of the day, the military should continue to work with reporters. Both journalists and military officers envision themselves members of professions, guided by a particular set of values and […]

THE MILITARY AND THE MEDIA: A MATCH MADE IN…NECESSITY?

The general public often assumes a great deal about the relationship between the media and the military. This topic has been in the news a lot in 2019, with both military personnel and journalists separately weighing in. During academic year ’19 one elective specifically asked its students: What is the state of the military’s relationship […]

JUNGLE MISSION: A REVIEW (DUSTY SHELVES)

The jungle is the natural refuge of the weak. René Riesen, Jungle Mission   In many military cultures and in the Western popular imagination, individuals who go native or turn rogue evoke curiosity and often revulsion.  Soldiers who take off usually face court martial and do not share much in common with their more responsible […]

THE HONG KONG PROTESTS: A CASE STUDY OF POLICE AND MILITARY USE OF FORCE

The goal of police use of force is to gain control over a situation and to ideally eliminate threats posed by an individual to themselves, others, or the police.   Protests in Hong Kong have been ongoing since March 2019. Thousands have been injured during the five-month struggle over justice and sovereignty, in part due […]

WILL NEW DOCTRINE FIX MISSION COMMAND?

But is updating the doctrine sufficient to answer its critics? Persistent execution challenges may go beyond what any doctrine can address. It is no secret that the U.S. Army has struggled to implement mission command in garrison or non-tactical environments since the rollout of the 2012 Army Doctrinal Publication (ADP) and Army Doctrinal Reference Publication […]

WHERE HAVE WE SUCCEEDED: (A WHITEBOARD)

In political terms, the operation helped improve public perceptions of the United States across Southeast Asia, at a moment when approval of the United States had reached a nadir.   For this whiteboard we reached out to several scholars and asked the following: US foreign policy since 11 September 2001 has been criticized for an […]

HOW THE ARMY IS (NOT) PREPARING FOR THE NEXT WAR

A new kind of threat requires significant changes in the way that soldiers make decisions – doubling down on the importance of environmental training. In a recent Foreign Policy piece, Elbridge Colby, a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development (2017-2018), argued that the United States military needs to prepare to […]

THERE’S MORE TO LIFE THAN LETHALITY

When you’re more focused on lethality you’re less likely to look at ways the military can act to support things that will maybe avoid war in the first place During his tenure as the Secretary of Defense, James N. Mattis frequently used the term lethality in describing all aspects of the U.S. Department of Defense. […]