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

About military leaders in the 21st century: “Theirs Is to Reason Why”

Summary:  It's Vandergriff week on the FM website.  Today we have the third article in this series, an excerpt from "Theirs Is to Reason Why", Proceedings of the US Naval Institute, February 2010.  It's about building an army for the 21st century, where the right training might prove more decisive than the right high-tech vehicles … Continue reading About military leaders in the 21st century: “Theirs Is to Reason Why”

Why is Vandergriff’s work an important contribution to preparing America for 21st century warfare?

Summary:  The second chapter in Donald Vandergriff week on the FM website, introducing his work to those readers not already familiar with it.  This chapter briefly sketches out why his work is critical.  People -- not doctrine or technology -- are the key to winning 4th generation wars (the many factors are always important, of course).  Recruiting, training, motivating, … Continue reading Why is Vandergriff’s work an important contribution to preparing America for 21st century warfare?