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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 – military retirement “reform” is really sleight-of-hand

AOL Defense has run another story of mine on the military’s human capital problems, this one on the real agenda behind recent proposals to “reform” the military’s admittedly problematic retirement system: The military’s retirement system is a mess. But the current proposals to fix it have a hidden agenda. No, I’m not talking about cutting [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Commentary – six things NOT to cut from the defense budget

I guess I’m learning to be a pundit. This week’s discussion on the National Journal expert blog is about cutting the defense budget, but I answered the question on my own terms, meaning not at all, and talked about six things not to cut: I’m not a budget expert. I’m not a business process expert. [...]

Commentary – the Pentagon after Bob Gates

I posted my thoughts on the impending departure of Defense Secretary Robert Gates, his legacy, and the painful questions left unresolved over at National Journal’s expert blog: We can’t keep doing everything we do now on the current budget, let alone a smaller one, but the current budget is only going to shrink. And Secretary of [...]

Publications – 2004-2010 articles telling individual stories

Learning From Veterans began as a project I did interviewing Iraq and Afghanistan veterans for my longtime employer, National Journal. NJ relies on subscription revenue and guards its archives jealously, but the editors there have generously unlocked all my articles that draw on these military oral histories and made them available to the public for [...]

Commentary – Beyond budgeting to reform

The current topic on National Journal‘s online security blog is Secretary Gates’s latest round of defense budget cuts and changes, but seeing as how the cuts are relatively small and were telegraphed for some time, I took the question as an opportunity to say adjusting budgets either up or down is not as important as reforming, [...]