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

How bad is our bloat of generals? How does it compare with other armies?

Summary:  As a followup to yesterday's powerful rant by Richard A Pawloski (Captain, USMC, retired) about our bloated corps of senior generals, today we look at the actual numbers.  They show that Pawloski understated the situation, and that only many more rants can reform our military. It's not just expensive, and detrimental to their effectiveness, … Continue reading How bad is our bloat of generals? How does it compare with other armies?

Training of officers, a key step for the forging of an effective military force

Summary:  This is the fifth in a series of articles about Donald Vandergriff, explaining why changing the Army's methods of recruiting, training, motivating, and retaining people are the key structural changes to make it better fitted for warfare in the 21st century.   Today we have an excerpt from Don Vandergriff’s book Manning the Future Legions of … Continue reading Training of officers, a key step for the forging of an effective military force

Preface to Manning the Future Legions of the United States: Finding and Developing Tomorrow’s Centurions

Summary:  This is the fourth in a series of articles about Donald Vandergriff, explaining why changing the Army's methods of recruiting, training, motivating, and retaining people are the key structural changes to make it better fitted for warfare in the 21st century. . Today's we have a excerpt from the Preface to Don Vandergriff's book Manning the … Continue reading Preface to Manning the Future Legions of the United States: Finding and Developing Tomorrow’s Centurions