Academic journal article Parameters

From the Editor

Academic journal article Parameters

From the Editor

Article excerpt

Our Spring issue opens with a special commentary by Tami Biddle entitled, "Making Sense of the 'Long Wars'--Advice to the US Army." Indeed, what should the US Army learn from its long campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan? Biddle tells us perhaps the most important lesson the Army can draw from this experience is to allow its officer education programs--or broadening opportunities--to work.

Our first forum, US Leadership and NATO, an overture to the July Summit in Warsaw, considers America's role in European Security. Luis Simon's "Balancing Priorities in America's European Strategy" describes ways in which the United States can manage its regional and global priorities. Alexander Mattelaer's "Revisiting the Principles of NATO Burden-Sharing" suggests the real issue lies deeper than defense spending; NATO members need to collaborate more with respect to military planning and come to an agreement on who should do what with regard to European security. John Deni's "Modifying America's Forward Presence in Eastern Europe" suggests Washington's decision to send more US troops to reassure its NATO allies is an insufficient first step. What Eastern Europe needs are more capabilities designed to counter Moscow's recent modus operandi. Magnus Petersson's "The United States as the Reluctant Ally" argues America has been relegating NATO to an ever lower priority due to Washington's rising commitments in the Middle East and the "Rebalance" to the Pacific. However, US leaders ought not to let this trend drift too far, lest a re-nationalization (fragmentation) of NATO's security agenda occur. …

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