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In Defense of Liddell Hart’s ‘Strategy’

U.S. Marines with Marine Rotational Force-Europe 19.1 (MRF-E) fire a round from a M777 towed 155 mm howitzer during Exercise Northern Screen at Setermoen, Norway, Oct. 31, 2018
B.H. Liddell Hart is considered by some to be the Clausewitz of the 20th century, and his most important book, Strategy: The Indirect Approach, is recognized as a seminal work of military history and theory. It is widely studied in elite military institutions the world over for an understanding of the higher direction of war. … Read More

Even The Romans Were Better At Doing Counterinsurgency Than We Are

So-called “Grande Ludovisi” sarcophagus, with battle scene between Roman soldiers and Germans
Editor’s note: This is the depressing conclusion of a chapter on the Romans from a new book, The Many Faces of War. What is the relevance of the Imperial Roman Way of War and Counterinsurgency for America today? Despite possessing an army noted for its skill in decisive battles, the Romans faced some 120 instances … Read More

How To Find Meaning After The Military: Find A Place To Excel Where You Can Help Others

U.S. Marines assigned to Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, conduct an amphibious raid during KAMANDAG 2 on Philippine Marine Corps base Gregorio Lim, Philippines, Oct. 8, 2018
This is the 11th entry in our contest about finding meaningful endeavors after leaving the military. Colin Blair writes: “My transition from the military was simply disastrous: a technical disqualification from my hometown’s police department coincided with a failed marriage and a profound sense of uncertainty as to who I was and how I could … Read More

5 New Military History Books Worth Reading

Yesterday the New York Times Book Review ran my new survey of books about military history. Here are some highlights: Nathaniel Philbrick argues in The Hurricane’s Eye that by 1781, the Americans had lost the War for Independence and that we were bailed out by French guns, funds, ships and troops. In Learning War, Trent … Read More

The Navy’s Admiral-To-Ship Ratio, Then And Now

The US amphibious assualt ship USS Iwo Jima off the Norwegian coast, as part of the naval component of the exercise the high value units such as Iwo Jima are escorted by other warships such as the UK's HMS Northumberland
It has been said before, but as the song says, it bears repeating: “In 1944 there were 256 flags for 6,084 ships; today there are 359 flag officers for 280 ships.”

How I Found My Tribe After Leaving The Military

U.S Army Spc. Brett Hawley, assigned to Alpha Company, 98th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, 505th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade, 335th Signal Command, fires an M4 carbine rifle during a nighttime fire qualification event during the Army Reserve Command Best Warrior Competition at Fort McCoy, Wis., June 26, 2013.
Here’s the 10th entry in our contest about finding meaningful employment after leaving the military. Brady Treanor writes: “We won no great peace, for our world or for ourselves. We had nothing but each other. To strip us of that can strip us of purpose, as it does to so many. At my first internship … Read More

‘You Know The Sacrifice Now’: 2 Post-9/11 Medal Of Honor Recipients On The Importance Of War Stories

At a remote outpost in Afghanistan on Oct. 3, 2009, a handful of American soldiers held back an assault by as many as 300 Taliban fighters during the Battle of Kamdesh. Though the attack was repelled, and as many as 150 Taliban fighters were killed, it came at a terrible cost: Eight Americans died, and … Read More

This Army Vet Died Of An Overdose In His Jail Cell. He Deserved Better Than Laughter

An Army Veteran Was Left To Die In A Cell While His Jailers Laughed And Took Video
“I understand how difficult the transition can be, but we are still responsible for our own choices regardless of anything we may have witnessed or done overseas. He chose to put that poison in his body. He is responsible for his own death. “He absolutely deserved to die over his drug problem, because that is … Read More