Brad Hardy is an active-duty Army officer and Army strategist. He is a regular contributor to Task & Purpose and has written for Foreign Policy (Tom Ricks' Best Defense) and Military Review. Brad is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom where he served as a battery commander in Kirkuk, Iraq.
Recent articles from Brad Hardy
Korean Architecture Still Shows The Effects Of War 70 Years Later
Art and architecture show the influence of war long after the bullets stop flying.
Historical Lessons On Presidential Candidates’ Promises About War
Historically, candidates have made wartime policy a critical plank to their platform yet failed to meet their most ambitious goals once elected.
Striking A Balance Between Operational Art And Operational Craftsmanship
Modern operational art is linear and unexciting, even if sometimes effective at achieve strategic conditions.
5 Takeaways From A Recent Command And General Staff College Graduate
Here are five observations for future Command And General Staff College students to consider.
How Info Ops Could Be Used To Improve Military Engagement With Mexico
An improved doctrine on the use of information operations in North America could greatly improve efforts to curtail the drug cartels in Mexico.
Why The Army Should Bring Back Senior Specialist Ranks
Soldiers need options and the Army needs talent. Reintroducing senior specialist ranks to the force accomplishes both.
How Serious Is The Army About Fostering A Mentoring Culture Within The Ranks?
The Army seems to want mentorship to flourish among the ranks, but it’s struggling with fostering a culture that encourages the process organically.
Unmasking The Army’s Officer Evaluation Reports Will Improve The Profession Of Arms
Unmasking junior commissioned and warrant officer evaluation reports may be an unpopular idea within the Army, but it is a necessary change that will improve the profession of arms.
Joining the Military
The New Army Operating Concept Has A Bit Of Something For Everyone
While it raises some serious questions, the Army Operating Concept serves as a pep rally for the soldier who is nervous about the Army’s future and viability.
The US Must Be Realistic In Its Fight Against ISIS
Bombing a group long enough does not change minds. It may only galvanize them.
Here’s Why The Army Needed To Cut Officers With A History Of Bad Decisions
Beyond the need to reduce the force and to save on personnel costs, the officer separation board was a targeted way to enhance the Army’s professionalism.