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The moral courage of our senior generals, or their lack of it

This week sees yet another article questioning the moral courage of our most senior generals, the ones at the top.  If correct, this suggests a serious structural flaw in our military institutions.  How can we could fix this? “It only takes the right leader”, the late Colonel David H. Hackworth (US Army (1 July 2001) “Lessons Learned …

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Colonel Macgregor sums up the state of the Iraq War

Iraq est omnis divisa in partes tres … (All Gaul is divided into three parts)      Opening line of Fabius Maximus’ Commentaries on the Iraq War  (2011) Words about the war well worth reading:  “Iraq realities – Part 2“, Douglas Macgregor (Colonel, US Army, retired; see bio below), UPI, 30 June 2008 — Opening: The suppression …

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Arrows in the Eagle’s claw – solutions to 4GW

This series describes the various types of solutions to modern warfare, herein called fourth generation warfare (4GW).  It will attempt to show their relationship to one another and their relative potential.  4GW appears to be the dominant form of warfare in the 21st century, so mastery of it might prove necessary for America’s prosperity or even survival.  This is …

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The Core Competence of America’s Military Leaders

As we enter the fifth year of our war in Iraq, it’s time to do a “rate the players” exercise — essential to understanding events and set our expectations. A core competence is a combination of complementary skills and knowledge bases embedded in a group or team that results in the ability to execute one …

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