A $trillion per year doesn't buy a force that can win wars. A top military reform expert explains why.
Since Korea, our military has been unable to win wars. As we slide to war with Iran, let's ask "why?"
Summary: This chapter of our series about the US military's officer corps examines what previous posts described as one of its crippling weaknesses -- bloat. Having too many officers runs up the military's cost while making it less effective. The data shown here should be dynamite blasting DoD from their comfortable niche into reforms. But … Continue reading The cost of too many generals: paying more to get a less effective military.
Summary: This post about the decayed state of the US military and its prospects for reform brings us full circle, describing the problem and a step on the path of reform. Although losing wars has not damaged America yet, let's not tempt fate by delaying repair to our lavishly funded and massive forces. We can … Continue reading A step to getting an effective military. We might need it soon.
Summary: Obama can take a bold step to begin reform of the DoD & so end our series of defeats at 4GW discussed James Fallows' brilliant idea of appointing military reformer Donald Vandergriff (Major, US Army, retired) to a key post at the Pentagon. Today's two posts discuss why that would be important, and why it … Continue reading Why the Pentagon would rather hire a jihadist like bin Laden than reformer Donald Vandergriff.