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Articles from Vol. 57, No. 2, February

Additional Army End Strength Needed
For the past five years, through various expressions of opinion, resolutions and public advocacy, AUSA has called for an increase in the size of the Army. In December 2006, in testimony before the Commission on the National Guard and Reserves (see page...
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Army Engineers Pursue Humanitarian Tack along Afghan Road Project
In March of 2006, the 37th Engineer Battalion (Task Force Eagle) deployed to Afghanistan to take on a year-long, road-building mission. Along the way, the lives of the Afghan people were made a little better.As with any new road construction, the Engineers...
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AUSA Sustaining Member Profile: MTS Technologies, Inc
Corporate Structure-Founded: 1991. President and CEO: Daniel T. Perkins. Headquarters: Arlington, Va. Web site: www.MTStech.com. Telephone: (703) 575-2900.MTS Technologies, Inc. (MTS) is a minority- and veteranowned professional services firm headquartered...
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Binocular Update
Since their invention in the first half of the 19th century, binoculars have played a critical role in many tactical military operations. It has only been in the last decade, however, that U.S. Army binoculars have been optimized to meet the unique needs...
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Chasing Ghosts: Unconventional Warfare in American History
Varied Fare Chasing Ghosts: Unconventional Warfare in American History. John ]. Tierney Jr. Potomac Books. An AUSA Book. 289 pages; black and white photographs; index; $26.95.The United States has a long history with unconventional warfare. From the...
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'Golden Guardian 2006': U.S. Army North Prepares for Disaster Response
It is a frighteningly possible scenario: a magnitude 7.9 earthquake striking the San Andreas Fault just south of San Francisco during the early morning hours. The consequences of such an event could quickly overwhelm local, state and regional response...
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Insights from OEF: Commanding in Afghanistan
To: Company CommandersFrom: Company CommandersAfghanistan is not Iraq. As we train our units to deploy to Afghanistan, we keep in mind that our experiences and lessons from Ol F may not always apply in OEF. To help leaders who are preparing for OEF,...
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In Tribute to John Ordway-The Indispensable First Sergeant
Sgt. John Ordway-or at least an impressive, larger-than-life-size facsimile-has returned to his destination of discovery. On a bright, sunny Pacific Northwest afternoon in September 2006, 200 years to the day that the Lewis and Clark Expedition returned...
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Letters
The Legacy of Gen. Abrams* Although early in my career I served in the 1-37th Armor, 4th Armored Division-the lineal descendant of Gen. Creighton Abrams' battalion in the Battle of the Bulge, where I was immersed in his legend-I met him only twice. The...
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Making Military History Relevant
Making Military History Relevant Captain Professor: A Life in War and Peace. Michael Howard. Continuum International Publishing Group. 221 pages; photographs; $39.95.Military education is in a sad state, and Michael Howard's memoir, Captain Professor:...
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Mogadishu 1993, Tal Afar 2004 and Army Transformation
Advocates of military transformation are often inspired by such historical examples as the introduction of drilled musketry or the development of so-called blitzkrieg warfare. Seeking such inspiration is history well used. We are not too close in time...
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President Ties Troop 'Surge' to 'New Strategy'
President George W. Bush called for sending an additional 20,000 troops to Iraq to quell the sectarian violence there. Announcing his "new strategy" to the nation on January 10, the President took responsibility for mistakes in the war and called the...
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Reviewing the Bidding to Close out a Tough Year
Since this column appeared on the last day of 2006,1 felt some obligation to take stock of the year from a military perspective.As it has since March 20, 2003, the war in Iraq dominated the year. But this was the year in which the character of that war...
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Saddam Executed as Iraq Assumes More Control
Saddam Hussein was hanged on December 29 at an execution block in Baghdad where his own military intelligence agency once executed his opponents.Approximately 25 Iraqis attended the hanging, including executioners and guards, some of whom taunted Hussein,...
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The Children of Naples in World War II
It was May of 1944 and World War II. I was one of a handful of U.S. Army Air Forces replacements among a boatload of battle-bound U.S. paratroopers. Our convoy had left two weeks earlier, and it had been a very tense crossing. We were anxious to see...
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The Hard Sell: How to Get People to Accept New Methods of Management
Man does not easily accept changes in accustomed ways of doing things. The general staff system, for example, was forced upon the Army over bitter opposition. Today, there are many in the service who are skeptical about the Army Command Management System.This...
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The Modern Seven Pillars of Iraq
Over the past several months, the Bush administration has sought answers to why the greatest military force in history is unable to impose a politically acceptable finale to the Iraq War. There is an unspoken sense of shock that an underdeveloped nation,...
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The Validity of the Principles of War
With stability operations and force transformation currently in vogue, is it not time to rethink the fundamentals of warfare known as the principles of war? Are they still valid in light of the Long War, which to many does not seem to be a war at all?...
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'We Are at a Critical Point in Generating Army Forces for This Long War'
The following statement was delivered by Army Chief of Staff Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker before the congressionally established Commission on the National Guard and Reserves on December 14, 2006.Mr. Chairman and distinguished members of the Commission:...
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