Archive for June, 2008

Managing manpower

A fatigued soldier is a sign of poor leadership

Throughout the history of warfare, it has been common knowledge that leadership can have crucial effects on battlefield success. During pre-industrial-era warfare, the …

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Pre-empting Iran

Israel’s operational intermediate-range ballistic missiles have a range of about 3,000 kilometers, or much more using fractional orbit delivery. He also stated that a single nuclear weapon is enough to destroy the …

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Cause for relief

Why presidents no longer fire generals

We are now more than six years into a war that spans the globe. American forces are engaged on the land, from the sea and from …

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The case for carriers

THANK YOU FOR CMDR. JERRY HENDRIX’S THOUGHT-PROVOKING ARTICLE “CARRIED AWAY” [March]. A few comments:

Expeditionary Strike Groups (ESGs) are useful but unlikely to undertake any significant operations without a Hawkeye overhead. Because …

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Beyond the joint force

Preparing for the next Korean War

It is early 2012, and six months have passed since the death of North Korean tyrant Kim Jong Il. The Korean People’s Army is clearly on …

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Flashpoint: The not-so-final frontier

The race for space is back on

China destroyed one of its own aging, low-Earth-orbit (LEO) weather satellites last winter while it was circling at 500 miles above the planet, using a …

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The counterterrorism paradox

Put the terrorist threat in perspective

Almost seven years after the 9/11 attacks, the primary military manifestations of America’s global war on terrorism are the seemingly interminable campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan. …

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From our online discussion boards

MAJ. DUSTIN MITCHELL RESPONDS TO “NEW ANSWERS TO HARD QUESTIONS” BY 1ST LT. BRIAN DROHAN AND LT. COL. JOHN NAGL, APRIL AFJ (http://www.armedforcesjournal.com/2008/04/3392447)

This is a great article and addresses some of …

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An odd prescription

Old medicine won’t solve Pentagon woes

The House Armed Services Committee, chaired by the venerable and serious Rep. Ike Skelton, D-Mo., established a panel in 2007 to look at the military’s roles …

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Deadly silence

TO THE STATE DEPARTMENT, for its contrary Iran policy. State officials say they are committed to a diplomatic solution to pressure Iran to change its behavior on the nuclear issue. But the …

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