The cost of too many generals: paying more to get a less effective military.

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.

A step to getting an effective military. We might need it soon.

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.

Why the Pentagon would rather hire a jihadist like bin Laden than reformer Donald Vandergriff.

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.

Obama can take a bold step to begin reform of the DoD & so end our series of defeats at 4GW.

Summary: Our defeats since 9/11 in Iraq and Afghanistan again show the need to reforge the US military for a time when 4GW has become the dominant form of war. James Fallows proposes a bold step for Obama to start that process -- appoint Donald Vandergriff (Major, US Army, retired; co-author on the FM website) … Continue reading Obama can take a bold step to begin reform of the DoD & so end our series of defeats at 4GW.

Don Vandergriff strikes sparks that might help reforge the US Army

Summary: Yesterday's post continued a long series describing problems facing our military. Today we look at solutions, given in a new book by Donald Vandergriff (Major, US Army, retired -- a co-author on the FM website). He strikes at the very heart of the Army's power and traditions to make it a stronger instrument for … Continue reading Don Vandergriff strikes sparks that might help reforge the US Army