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Publications – the budget’s silver lining for the U.S. Army

Yes, the President’s proposed 2013 budget hit the Army hard, as expected, but there were some surprisingly silvery linings for the service: The Army may be in the cross-hairs of the budget cutters, but it’s had a surprisingly good week. While the number of soldiers will drop to 490,000 as long expected, the service is [...]

Publications – the Army looks beyond the drawdown

Nothing concentrates the mind like the prospect of being hanged in the morning. With big cuts on the horizon, the silver lining is that the Army is being forced to explore some new ideas — and some old ones long ignored — on how to make the most of what it has. I’ve written a [...]

Publications – strategy and budgets collide

“The sinews of war are infinite money.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero The coming cuts to the defense budget loom over every issue in national security. Amateurs talk strategy, professionals talk logistics, but policymakers talk budgeting — which, after all, is simply what logistics boils down to at Washington level. Lately, I’ve written two stories for [...]

Publications – AOL @ AUSA: The Army braces for cuts

October 10-12 was the annual conference of the Association of the United States Army here in D.C., and everywhere the theme was “brace for impact” as the Army prepares for a new round of downsizing now getting underway before the war is entirely over. I always make a point of attending the AUSA conference, and [...]

Publications – Keeping faith with our veterans

The AOL Defense website has published another piece of mine on the human side of this war, entitled “The Next 10 Years: Keeping faith with our veterans“: Americans are understandably weary of our nation’s longest war. But even when the last troops come home from Afghanistan – which they won’t for at least three years [...]

Publications – how the Army mismanages its people

The good folks over at AOL Defense have posted another article of mine about the future of the Army, this one about the human dimension: America’s soldiers have learned a lot over the last 10 years, most of it the hard way, but that irreplaceable expertise could walk out the door in the coming drawdown [...]

Publications – talking Army tanks at AOL Defense

Today, an article of mine appeared in AOL Defense, a promising new online publication founded just last month but helmed by the eminently savvy Colin Clark, formerly the driving force of the must-read website DoD Buzz. The story is essentially a reported editorial arguing in favor of a struggling Army program called the Ground Combat [...]

In His Own Words – Shaw Pick on the Army’s Wired Generation

            Other than just generally getting peppered with mortars and stuff, it was a pretty uneventful six months. There was only one close call, really close call, for me…              …in the artillery, my first assignment, I’d be walking through the woods with a spool of wire. [Now,] everything’s gone to satellite….              He might [...]

Publications – How We Fight, 1776-2006

The military we have today is radically different from what America had for the first two centuries of the Republic. How we got from the Minutemen to Seal Team Six is the subject of a story I wrote for National Journal‘s Independence Day 2006 issue, entitled “How We Fight. It begins: Unpaid for months, the [...]

In Their Own Words – Erik Crouch and Ryan Schloesser on the battle for Mullah Wasir

They had a whole trench network laid out, they had bunker complexes. They were prepared for us…. It was probably only a couple seconds before one of the enemy from on the hilltop was able to get a shot off and shot the other medic in the head…. …we were taking rounds just over my [...]