Academic journal article Parameters

From the Editor

Academic journal article Parameters

From the Editor

Article excerpt

Our Autumn issue opens with a Special Commentary by Michael Roskin, "Rebalancing Offshore Balancing." Roskin cautions against being too enthusiastic about embracing offshore balancing, as it can lead to incremental interventions and ambiguous outcomes, the likes of which we have seen before.

Our first forum offers three contributions on Adapting to Strategic Change. Brian Linn's "The US Army's Postwar Recoveries" analyzes how the Army has responded to postwar drawdowns and endeavored to meet new strategic demands with inevitably fewer resources. Adaptability remains the most important key to success in such situations. J. P. Clark's "Organizational Change and Adaptation in the US Army" advances a typology to help senior leaders understand the factors that drive change, and how the Army has adapted to it. In "Rightsizing the Army in Austere Times," Charles Hornick, Daniel Burkhart, and Dave Shunk provide critical information for countering some of the arguments for a smaller Army.

The second forum features two essays addressing Myths about the Army Profession. Don Snider's "Five Myths about Our Future" expresses concern over the Army's persistent bureaucratic mind-set. Snider seeks to remove some of the complacency about the Army's future as a profession by demolishing five of the more powerful myths underpinning that complacency. …

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