Our Military

About the operation of our military. It’s strengths and weaknesses.

A crisis at the beginning of the American experiment

Looking at the problems looming before us, it is easy to forget those of equal or greater danger that we have surmounted in the past.   My previous post, Washington’s Gift, described one such.  Here is another… As America’s revolutionary war drew to a successful close, many critical problems remained unsolved.  Among them was the pay and pensions due the Army.  Congress seemed unwilling to pass …

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Washington’s Gift

Here is a Christmas story known to few but historians, well worth reading by all Americans:  Washington’s Gift byThomas Fleming, Wall Street Journal, 24 December 2007 — “Our revolution could have ended in despotism, like so many others.”  Subscription only. Here is the opening (an open copy appears at the David Gold website): There is a Christmas story …

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Lest we forget: lessons for us from the Battle of Ia Drang

On 14 November 1965 the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) flew to the Ia Drang Valley of Vietnam, initiating the first major battle between the North Vietnamese and American armies. This marked our transition from our role as advisers to direct combatants. After the battle lessons were drawn by both sides that determined the course of the war. With …

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The Essential 4GW reading list: Donald Vandergriff

Background In the world of military theory today there are many people on the cutting edge.  Historians like Martin van Creveld, analysts like John Robb and Chet Richards, visionaries like Thomas Barnett, even some crossing across these categories like William Lind.  But there are few developing solutions that can be implemented today.  By solutions, I mean large-scale …

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