Academic journal article Parameters

From the Army Leadership

Academic journal article Parameters

From the Army Leadership

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President Bush told us that this war will be unlike any other in our Nation's history. He was right. After our initial expeditionary responses and successful major combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, those operations have become protracted campaigns where we are providing the conditions of security needed to wage a conflict--a war of ideas. This is not simply a right against terror--terror is a tactic. This is not simply a right against al Qaeda, its affiliates and adherents--they are foot soldiers. This is not simply a right to bring democracy to the Middle East--that is a strategic objective. This is a fight for the very ideas at the foundation of our society, the way of life those ideas enable, and the freedoms we enjoys.

The single most significant component of our new strategic reality is that because of the centrality of the ideas in conflict, this war will be a protracted one. Whereas for most of our lives the default condition has been peace, now our default expectation must be conflict. This new strategic context is the logic for reshaping the Army to be an Army of campaign quality with joint and expeditionary capabilities. …

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