Academic journal article Parameters

From the Editor

Academic journal article Parameters

From the Editor

Article excerpt

Our Winter issue opens with a special commentary by Hal Brands entitled, "Rethinking America's Grand Strategy: Insights from the Cold War." One of the problems with drawing lessons from history is how easy it is to extract the wrong ones. Hal Brands avoids this problem by accounting for differences between the context of the Cold War and that of today. The better strategic course for the United States, he argues, is not that of retrenchment.

Our first forum, The Efficacy of Landpower; offers two contributions concerning not only what US landpower brings to the table strategically, but also where it comes up short. In "Landpower and American Credibility," Michael Allen Hunzeker and Alexander Lanoszka maintain US ground forces provide the authority and reassurance that make American grand strategy and foreign policy work. Joseph Roger Clark's "To Win Wars, Correct the Army's Political Blind Spot," offers a sobering reminder that the performance of US ground forces wants for improvement in areas outside the winning of battles. The remedy, in Clark's view, is to spend more time teaching Army officers how to "get the politics right."

The second forum, Professionalism and the Volunteer Military, offers two articles reflecting on the way ahead for the US military. …

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