Academic journal article Military Review

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Academic journal article Military Review

From the Editor

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As the war against terrorism continues, many communities are assessing and reducing their vulnerability to attack. These assessments are often joint efforts that include the U.S. Armed Forces; federal, state, and local governments and agencies; and private organizations. Brigadier General Craig Whelden, in "Hawaii's Homeland Security," discusses steps being taken in the Hawaiian Islands to deter or respond to terrorist attack in the U.S. Army, Pacific, area of responsibility.

Transformation is about change, but not everyone agrees change is necessary or beneficial. Despite the current war on terrorism, U.S. Army Transformation continues. In "Transformation Under Attack," retired Lieutenant General Frederic Brown argues that the current war on terrorism need not derail Transformation but should, in fact, bear out the need for and wisdom of transforming the U.S. Army. In "Enabling Operational Maneuver from Strategic Distances," retired Brigadier General Huba Wass de Czege and retired Lieutenant Colonel Zbigniew M. Majchrzak consider how deployment must be included in efforts to transform the Army. Major Pete Kilner, in "Transforming Army Learning Through Communities of Practice," argues that the way in which officers learn needs transformation. He points out the utility and benefits of an online forum in which officers can share ideas without attribution.

In related articles, Brian Dunn, in "Equipping the Objective Force," believes that the future combat system being fielded as part of Transformation is inadequate because it is too light to be effective on the battlefield but too heavy to be deployed rapidly. In "Air Power Targeting Theory: A Key Element in Transformation," Price Bingham argues that contemporary air targeting theorists can learn from the functions-based targeting practices of Word War II. …

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