Will we repeat our mistakes in the Middle East & lose, or play defense & win?

Summary:  The West's post-9/11 wars in the Middle East have run down, but our involvement in Syria's civil war and the attacks by radical Islamists in American -- and the far larger Paris attacks -- have begun a new phase in this clash of civilizations. Before we attack, repeating the mistakes of the past 15 … Continue reading Will we repeat our mistakes in the Middle East & lose, or play defense & win?

The US Army brings us back to the future, returning to WWI’s “cult of the offense”

Analogies are fudge, as TE Lawrence says.  Esp historical analogies, since every era is unique.  We use them anyway, mining the past for comparisons to help us better understand the present.  While analogies cannot be accurate (different times are incomparable), they can illustrate aspects of the present that we might otherwise overlook. This sketch looks at one … Continue reading The US Army brings us back to the future, returning to WWI’s “cult of the offense”

How America can survive and even prosper in the 21st Century – part II

Summary: This is one chapter a series about America's grand strategy; see links at the end for the full series to date. Here is part one of a two-part sketch of how America can survive - even prosper - in an age where 4th generation warfare (4GW) is the dominant mode of war. This is … Continue reading How America can survive and even prosper in the 21st Century – part II

How America can survive and even prosper in the 21st Century – part I

Summary:  This is a chapter a series about America's grand strategy; see links at the end for the full series to date. Here is part one of a two-part sketch of how America can survive - even prosper - in an age where 4th generation warfare (4GW) is the dominant mode of war. ------------ This … Continue reading How America can survive and even prosper in the 21st Century – part I