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The battle that mattered most to America: the Pentagon vs. Military Reformers. It’s over.

Summary:  Our defeats in Iraq and Afghanistan (failures to achieve any major national goals despite large expenditures of blood and money) accompanied an overwhelming victory invisible to the public. In fact, these defeats resulted from that victory — the Pentagon’s defeat of the military reform movement. The post-9/11 campaigns by defense intellectuals demonstrated their shallow …

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Doug Macgregor explains how our military reached its current state, so only desperate reform can save us

Summary:  Douglas A. Macgregor (Colonel, US Army, retired) looks at military history, and sees how our military came to its current state.  Military power with little wit, bought at great expense in terms of national wealth and the blood of our brave troops. Contents Experience in combat:  essential, valuable, or just nice to have? Some …

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What does the future hold for the US Army – and America?

Summary:  Today we see the official US Army’s view of the future, and a response by Douglas Macgregor (Colonel, US Army, retired).  Read and compare.  Much depends on whose view is more accurate. Contents The official view of the US Army’s future Doug Macgregor’s response About the author For more information (1)  The official view …

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The Pentagon Labyrinth: 10 Short Essays to Help You Through It

Summary:   Here is an announcement by Chuck Spinney of a new book of interest to anyone who desires to better understand American’s defense apparatus — the largest investment ever made by our government. . It is my pleasure to announce the publication of The Pentagon Labyrinth: 10 Short Essays to Help You Through It.  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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