On 31 August 1949 President Harry S. Truman designated May 21 as Armed Forces Day, a time for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country. This represented the important unification of the Armed Forces under the Department of Defense, and replaced the separate Army, … Continue reading Photos of those serving America abroad on Armed Forces Day
Summary: The failures of our military in Vietnam and our occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan have sparked discussion about how the US Army can best meet the wide range of threats facing us in the 21st century. Here Robert Prescott reviews the Army's planning for this new century of war. There are no easy answers. … Continue reading America needs a smaller and more lethal Army for the 21st century
Summary: Today Martin van Creveld looks at one of the most exceptional aspects of US defense policy, our weapons. A naïf would describe it as quite mad, unaware of the lavish salaries and great corporate fortunes created by tapping the almost limitless flow of taxes from the apathetic and credulous citizens of America. "In the … Continue reading Martin van Creveld looks at our military white elephants
Summary: The military is often described as a test tube for American social science, running experiments such as integration of race, sex, and gender in its relatively controlled society. But the largest social science experiment in the military -- perhaps the largest in US history -- is DoD's socialism. We close our eyes, preferring not … Continue reading DoD’s next challenge: managing the fall of our military welfare state
Summary: Iran's arrest of US sailors in their waters provides opportunity for our hawks to wave a fake bloody shirt, hoping to make the US public fear and despise Iran. That this daft jingoism is considered acceptable, even routine, fare in our newspapers shows how much we've adopted Imperial thinking -- and abandoned common sense. … Continue reading The hawks’ weird story about Iran’s seizure of 2 US navy boats
Summary: Today Martin van Creveld gives a timeline of modern history for the "Holy Land" , putting present events in a larger context. While the struggle with jihadists has overshadowed that between Irsrael and Palestine, it remains a front line in the dispute between the West and East. We ignore it at our peril. Turmoil … Continue reading Martin van Creveld: A history of the turmoil in the Holy Land (you can’t understand the action without it)
Summary: Fifty years ago today American troops fought their first major battle in Vietnam. The lessons both sides learned from the battle set the course of the war. History shows whose analysis proved more accurate. We have concluded the first phase of our post-9/11 wars, proving that we've forgotten the lessons of Vietnam. As the … Continue reading 50 years ago the Battle at Ia Drang began our war in Vietnam. What have we learned since then?