Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld (left) and Commander, Central Command Gen. Tommy Franks, U.S. Army, listen to a question at the close of a Pentagon press conference on March 5, 2003. Rumsfeld and Franks gave reporters an operational update and fielded questions on the possible conflict in Iraq.
DoD photo/Helene C. Stikkel
U.S. Army Lt. Gen. James M. Dubik (ret.) writes that “our Army too often looks at war as independent from its purposes.” That’s troublesome, he continues, because, “Purpose gives war its meaning, and purpose determines the war’s character.”
In other words, if you don’t understand the purpose of the war, then you can’t develop an effective strategy. And if you don’t have a strategy, then your tactics are just meaningless noise. I think some Chinese guy said that. But Gen. Tommy R. Franks provided a sad illustration of the idea.
The United Launch Alliance's Delta IV rocket launches with a Wideband Global SATCOM WGS-10 satellite from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Complex 37 on March 15, 2019. The satellite brings enhanced communication capability for command and control of U.S. military forces on the battlefield. (U.S. Air Force/Tech. Sgt. Andrew Satran)
The U.S. Space Force has a name tape for uniforms now. Get excited people.
In a tweet from its official account, the Space Force said its uniform name tapes have "touched down in the Pentagon," sharing a photo of it on the chest of Gen. John W. Raymond, the newly-minted Chief of Space Operations for the new service branch nested in the Department of the Air Force.