Summary: Our long war, with its failure to achieve its objectives despite the expenditure of so much money and blood, has been marked by serving officers protesting the madness of our tactics -- as we copy tactics of other foreign armies defeated by local insurgents using fourth generation war. Here is another, by Captain Waddell … Continue reading A Marine Captain explains our failure in the Long War, & how to win
Summary: The failures of our military in Vietnam and our occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan have sparked discussion about how the US Army can best meet the wide range of threats facing us in the 21st century. Here Robert Prescott reviews the Army's planning for this new century of war. There are no easy answers. … Continue reading America needs a smaller and more lethal Army for the 21st century
Summary: We applaud the heroism and sacrifices of our troops, but remain blind to the incapacity of our army. Here William Lind explains our military's core problem and how to fix it. Only our intervention will make this possible (excerpt through crushing defeat, as happened to Prussia). "The spirit of the army is the spirit … Continue reading William Lind: a voice from the past explains our broken army
Summary; Our long war goes badly, as the flames of Islamic revolution spread following our failures in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, and Libya. Some ask if the US military can cope with the challenges of fourth generation war. Here Gary Anderson (Colonel, USMC, retired) gives an answer. We Don’t Need a New Army to Deal … Continue reading We don’t need a new army to fight modern wars, we need a smart one
Summary: Captain Grazier (USMC) writes another chapter in our series explaining why we lose at modern warfare despite the training, size, and fantastic tech of our forces. Another post by a Marine officer explaining our military's internal struggle to overcome its attritionist tendency (i.e., fighting 21st wars with WWI methods). He explains the complexities of … Continue reading When will our military learn modern warfare, & overcome the attritionist tendency?