Academic journal article Parameters

From the Editor

Academic journal article Parameters

From the Editor

Article excerpt

Patrick Porter opens our Autumn issue with a special commentary entitled, "Soldiers Fighting Alone: The Wars of the Market-Security State." Porter might well have used a different title, "Fighting in the Gray Zone." Many of the features he ascribes to the ways market-security states make war also apply to the kinds of conflicts Western powers tend to confront today, namely, those falling short of war but which are clearly not peace.

Our first forum, Strategic Leadership, addresses the practice of strategic leadership both as a practical challenge and as a cultural challenge. Major General William Rapp's "Civil-Military Relations: The Role of Military Leaders in Strategy Making," describes shortcomings in the civil-military relations model advanced by Samuel Huntington, and suggests how military leaders can move beyond it to provide the best possible military advice to our political leaders. Jason Warren's "The Centurion Mindset and the Army's Strategic Leader Paradigm," critiques the US Army's cultural preference for developing officers' tactical or operational expertise at the expense of the skills needed to develop sound strategy.

The second forum, Countering Gray-Zone Wars, discusses two strategic approaches capable of working within the space short of war. Jakub Grygiel's "Arming Our Allies: The Case for Offensive Capabilities," argues some US allies should be allowed to arm themselves, if they desire. Doing so would strengthen the capability of those allies to deter the "under-the-threshold" aggression that characterizes gray-zone wars, and thus augment US extended deterrence. …

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