James Ryan is a retired major who served in the U.S. Army for 23 years where he held positions in Light, Mechanized, Airborne, and Special Operations Units.
He is a graduate of the USMC Expeditionary Warfare School Quantico, Virginia, and the Navy War College, Monterey Campus, California.
He received his Master's in African Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School. His most recent publication was, "An Alliance Built Upon Necessity: AQIM, Boko Haram, and the African Arch of Instability." He currently resides in Carmel, California.
America is now in its fifteenth year of war, even if our elected leaders want to call it something else. Thus, we’ve entered into an age of persistent conflict, in which this generation of service members has been directly or indirectly engaged the entire time without mandatory conscription.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.