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Why 2005’s ‘Battalion Wars’ is still my favorite video game ever
When it comes to video games, I peaked 15 years ago.
Preparing for future wars means getting ready for World War II-level losses, the Air Force’s top officer says
The superiority the U.S. Air Force has enjoyed in skies around the world for the past three decades is coming to an end, the service's new top officer said in his first major strategic document, published this week
The Air Force’s new top general is calling for a radical change in how the service fights
"If we don't change — if we fail to adapt — we risk losing the certainty with which we have defended our national interests for decades"
The Marine Corps is forming a first-of-its-kind regiment in Hawaii
A new “Marine Littoral Regiment” coming to Hawaii — the first of its kind in the Marine Corps — represents a major shift for the service in the “great power” competition playing out in the Western Pacific and preparation for a high-tech missile war in the region
The new acting Navy secretary wants a fleet larger than the current 355-hull plan
The new acting secretary of the Navy said recently that he is open to designing a fleet that is larger than the current 355-ship plan, one that relies significantly on unmanned systems rather than solely on traditional gray hulls
China touts new hypersonic missiles and drones designed to kill US ships and bases
"The message is pretty blunt. It dramatically erodes the U.S. military edge is Asia, and over the long-term, America's military primacy in Asia is clearly under threat," said one expert about the pace of Chinese military tech development
The Army will practice rapidly deploying soldiers across the Pacific next year in a message to China
Advanced land-based missiles that can kill ships hundreds of miles out to sea could change future wars in the Pacific
What the Guadalcanal campaign revealed about the nature of warfare — and why it matters for modern conflicts
Between Aug. 7, 1942, and Feb. 9, 1943, U.S. forces sought to capture – and then defend – the Pacific island of Guadalcanal from the Japanese military. What started as an amphibious landing quickly turned into a series of massive air and naval battles. The campaign marked a major turning point in the Pacific theater of World War II
Why we should stop teaching Clausewitz
Carl von Clausewitz is one of the most profound military thinkers of all time. His famous book On War is our bible and he is a god among military strategists. But we should stop teaching Clausewitz in the U.S. military.
‘The Many Faces of War’ Isn’t A Comfortable Book, But It’s A Damn Good One
'The Many Faces of War' is a well-researched, creative, historical, mythological and academic look at war, in the cold and often harsh light of trauma, damaged brains, mythology and a very broad sweep of literature
How Mattis’s Resignation Perfectly Captures The Moral Dimension Of Leadership
The recent resignation of Defense Secretary James Mattis reminds us that serving the nation at the strategic level is not an amoral activity, nor a place where realism pushes ethics off the stage or where Machiavelli is more useful than Aristotle
Edgar On Strategy (Part XIV): Judgment, Responsibility, Knowledge, And Blame
In November 1862, in the wake of the Union victory at Antietam, President Lincoln fired his general-in-chief General George B....
What Today’s Army Can Learn from the Interwar Navy About Mission Command
To create an environment where this was feasible—where officers could use individual judgment and yet cooperatively further the overall objective...
In Defense of Liddell Hart’s ‘Strategy’
B.H. Liddell Hart is considered by some to be the Clausewitz of the 20th century, and his most important book,...
How Mattis Made The Whole Military Obsessed With ‘Lethality’
The U.S. military has made lethality the lone benchmark to gauge everything from readiness, training, and global strategy under the...
Is Trust An Essential Element In Strategy?
The other day I began re-reading Piers Mackesy’s The War for America, 1775-1783. It was as brilliant as ever, a...
The Real Purpose Of MDMP: Creating Solid Orders When We’re Not Patton Or Rommel
The Military Decision Making Process (MDMP) has always been a fun dog to kick. MDMP can be a laborious process,...
Does ‘Mission Command’ Just Give Higher Leaders One More Hiding Place?
Everyone talks about how admirable mission command is. Seldom is heard a discouraging word about it. So I was surprised...
The Military Decision-Making Process Is An Inflexible Mess. Here’s How To Fix It
Skilled leaders have discovered ways throughout history to take advantage of ambiguity. And it can counter the overdoses of established...
We’ve All Deceived Ourselves About Why We’re Fighting In Afghanistan
It took me a long time to work out what was going on in Afghanistan. What I saw in front...
Hey, There Already *Is* A Rough Guide to Working With The US Military!
And it is pretty funny. The other day I suggested that it would be good to have a reading list...
A New Report Says The US Can’t Fight Two Big Wars At The Same Time Anymore
Editor’s Note: This article by Richard Sisk originally appeared on Military.com, the premier source of information for the military and veteran community. The U.S....
It’s High Time To Deep Six The Navy Cliché About ‘Where Are The Carriers?’ In A Crisis
The Navy used to boast that in a crisis, one of the first questions the president asks is, “Where are...
On The Relationship Between Purpose And Strategy In War
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...