OBSERVATIONS FROM NATO’S NORTHERN FRONT (LEADER PERSPECTIVES)

What I think is important is to do your current job as good as you can. Don’t be too focused on the next steps because then you are not focused on your current job. A BETTER PEACE welcomes Major General Torgeir Gråtrud, commander of the Norwegian Special Operations Command, to the studio to discuss his perspectives […]

DENNIS SHOWALTER: IN MEMORIAM

Dennis Showalter In Memoriam In the waning days of 2019, word passed among military historians quickly: one of the giants in the field, Dr. Dennis Showalter, had died. Almost immediately, memories and tributes and reminiscences began to appear. The WAR ROOM editorial team reached out to some of those influenced by Dennis Showalter, personally and […]

CONFESSIONS OF A FAILED STRATEGIST, PART 2: SOLVE PROBLEMS THROUGH PROBLEMS

We must anticipate the implication of new technologies on the battlefield, rigorously define the military problems anticipated in future conflict and foster a culture of experimentation and calculated risk-taking. Summary of the 2018 National Defense Strategy   The first part of this series described lessons taken from an unsuccessful attempt to write a service strategy, […]

LESSONS LEARNED THE HARD WAY: THE EVOLUTION OF THE BRITISH LIGHT INFANTRY

It’s not that Dundas was opposed to the use of light infantry he thought it was, the pejorative term was, ‘it’s very American’   A BETTER PEACE welcomes Dr. Huw Davies of King’s College London. Huw joins WAR ROOM Editor-In-Chief Jacqueline Whitt to trace the development of Great Britain’s Light Infantry. It’s easy to call […]

LYKKE’S LITTLE THREE-LEGGED STOOL (PART 2)

This was never meant to be the be all and the end all…let’s remember this title of my little 4-page magnum opus…’Toward An Understanding of Military Strategy’ A BETTER PEACE welcomes back U.S. Army Colonel (retired) Arthur F. Lykke for the second and final part of his interview. Having explained the birthplace of the three-legged-stool […]

THE LEAVENWORTH HERESY?

Operational art had become all-encompassing, because the Joint community called all war making at the national and theater level ‘campaigns.’ Ten years ago, Australian defense experts Justin Kelly and Michael Brennan published scathing critiques of American strategic thinking in Alien: How Operational Art Devoured Strategy  and “The Leavenworth Heresy and the Perversion of Operational Art”.  […]

LYKKE’S LITTLE THREE-LEGGED STOOL (PART 1)

The Vice [Chief of Staff] of the Army…came to the War College…and the first thing he said to me was something like ‘Art why the hell does Senator Nunn want to talk to you about strategy…?’ If you’ve ever participated in strategic-level professional military education you’re probably familiar with his work. If you’ve ever listened […]

SIR MICHAEL ELIOT HOWARD: IN MEMORIAM

Sir Michael Eliot Howard OM CH CBE MC FBA FRHistS, In Memoriam To say that the fields of war studies and military history would not exist as we know them today without the contributions of Sir Michael Howard would be true, but it does not do justice to the man as a scholar or mentor. While other venues […]

PARIS 1919: A CONVERSATION WITH MARGARET MACMILLAN (ON WRITING)

And somebody hadn’t written a book on the whole [conference]…and so I thought well maybe I’ll try and then I thought that’s crazy. Who am I to try this massive subject.   A BETTER PEACE welcomes award winning and internationally renowned author Margaret MacMillan. Perhaps best known for her study and writings of the 1919 […]

THE CHALLENGES OF WRITING BIOGRAPHIES (ON WRITING)

I’m using Kennedy’s life to tell the story of America’s rise, first to great power status and then superpower status. A BETTER PEACE welcomes Pulitzer Prize winning author Fredrik Logevall to discuss his newest project, a two-volume biography of John F. Kennedy. Logevall joins Michael Neiberg in the studio as they discuss the complexity of […]

HA/DR: A CASE STUDY FOR POTENTIAL BILATERAL U.S.-CHINA INTEROPERABILITY

It is no secret that the U.S. and Chinese currently compete for influence throughout the world, not only in the Asia-Pacific, but also in regions such as Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East. The United States has pivoted from a military strategy focused on countering violent extremist organizations (VEOs), to one more focused on […]

BOOK LOVERS NEED APPLY: A DUSTY SHELVES PODCAST

One of the things we’re trying to do is encourage people…to start talking about older books, older readings, older things that are lost or never really well known that really should have been. A BETTER PEACE welcomes WAR ROOM editors Tom Bruscino and Jon Klug to explain the drive and desire behind the DUSTY SHELVES […]

ALLIES ARE MORE THAN FRIENDS (LEADER PERSPECTIVES)

We need to go back and think big, and We need to think big fast.   A BETTER PEACE welcomes Major General Eirik Kristoffersen, Chief of the Norwegian Army, to the studio to discuss his perspectives on strategic leadership. Major General Kristoffersen was in Carlisle to attend his induction into the International Fellows Hall of […]

THE KURDISH LESSON

Abandoning an ally or proxy because they no longer serve your interest may be good strategy, but it does carry a cost.   U.S. President Donald Trump has been intent upon withdrawing American troops from Syria for at least the last 18 months, based on repeated public pronouncements to that effect (for example, in April […]

CONFESSIONS OF A FAILED STRATEGIST

Is this a strategy for building a budget? For fighting in a future environment? Or is it designed to provide internal guidance and policy? In the Pentagon everyone fancies themselves a strategist. Every graduate of professional military education, every contractor with a new weapon system, every think-tank or consultancy pundit: all feel that if they […]

RETHINKING STRATEGY IN VIETNAM AFTER TET – EPISODE 2

What are the costs for the U.S. of losing the war? And it’s a sort of uncomfortable conversation in some ways because the answer may be not all that much. A BETTER PEACE returns with our three scholars of the American War in Vietnam and Editor-In-Chief Jacqueline Whitt to examine the Tet Offensive and its significance […]

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 […]

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 […]

WE’RE ALL CONSTRUCTIVISTS NOW

Our students come with a professional ethos and a professional mindset of being apolitical and fundamentally the decisions… we’re talking about often are happening in the political realm. In a rather momentous occasion, our Editor-In-Chief Jacqueline Whitt turns over the reins of podcast production to our new Editor of A BETTER PEACE, Ron Granieri. After […]