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Published monthly, Army focuses on issues of national security, past and present issues of landpower, and future trends in military science through in-depth articles and analyses.

Articles from Vol. 58, No. 9, September

A Living Treasure: Seasonal Photographs of Arlington National Cemetery
A Living Treasure: Seasonal Photographs of Arlington National Cemetery. Robert C. Knudsen. Potomac Books. 200 pages; color photographs; $23.96.Professional photographer Robert Knudsen has compiled more than 300 color photographs capturing the essence...
Al Qaeda Shifting Focus from Iraq to Afghanistan
Afghanistan has taken over the headlines from Iraq for a reason. Despite recent sensational suicide attacks, violence in Iraq is at the lowest levels in four years, even after the last of the five U.S. "surge" brigades has left the country. Progress...
A Sensible Decision However the Army Explains It
A year ago, in a column entitled "Preserving FCS Will Challenge Army Planners" discussing the Army's Future Combat Systems developmental program, I wrote that "unless and until the Army's planners can reconcile FCS's capabilities with changing battlefield...
AUSA Sustaining Member Profile: Command and General Staff College Foundation, Inc
Corporate Structure-Founded: 1881. CEO: Col. Robert R. Ulin, USA Ret. Address: CGSC Foundation, Inc., The Lewis and Clark Center, 100 Stimson Ave., Suite 1149, Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027. Telephone: 913-651-0624. Web site: www.cgscfoundation.org.The...
Briefly Noted
Briefly Noted...Postcards from the Russian Revolution. Bodleian Library. Distributed in the U.S. by University of Chicago Press. 95 pages; four-color illustrations; $20. Postcards from the Trenches: Images from the First World War. Bodleian Library....
Company Command: Building Combat-Ready Teams
To: Company CommandersFrom: Company CommandersInnovate or Die?"As we've been engaged in the War on Terror for almost seven years now, the Army we're a part of today looks very little like the Army of the late 1990s or first few years of the 2000s. Doctrine,...
First Flight for Apache Block III
In July, a little more than 11 years after the delivery of the first AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopter, U.S. Army representatives gathered in Mesa, Ariz., to celebrate the first flight of the next-generation Apache Longbow Block III prototype aircraft....
Gen. Walter T. Kerwin, 1917-2008
Gen. Walter T. (Dutch) Kerwin Jr., a former Army Vice Chief of Staff, first commander of U.S. Army Forces Command and member of the Association of the United States Army's Advisory Board of Directors since 1984, died of respiratory failure in July in...
House Passes MILCON and VA Appropriations Bill
Members of the House of Representatives passed the fiscal year (FY) 2009 Defense Military Construction and VA Appropriations Bill, the only one of 12 FY 2009 spending bills to pass during this session of Congress. The bill totals $118.7 billion for mandatory...
In Praise of Nonconformity
The training of future battle leaders must include the development of initiative and a willingness to make positive decisions quickly. This means decentralization of training.Recent tests of proposed organizations clearly demonstrate the greatly increased...
Letters
Becoming a Superpower* Thank you for printing William Russell's fine article on the SpanishAmerican War, "When America Became a Superpower" (August). Currently there isn't enough coverage of the Army during this period, which witnessed the birth of the...
Moving Tribute and a Primer on Leadership
Moving Tribute and a Primer on Leadership We Are Soldiers Still: A Journey Back to the Battlefields of Vietnam. Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore, USA Ret., and Joseph L. Galloway. HarperCollins Publishers. 272 pages; maps; photographs; index; $24.95.Literary...
Plainspoken Pundits
Plainspoken Pundits Ground Truth: The Future of U.S. Land Power. Thomas Donnelly and Frederick VV. Kagan. AEl Press. 164 pages; index; $20.By James Jay CarafanoWhen T.R. Fehrenbach famously penned, "You may fly over a land forever; you may bomb it, atomize...
Prelude to Downfall
By late 1943, Japan's World War II military leaders had recognized the futility of their plans to seize and hold large areas of the Pacific as a means of winning a negotiated peace that would grant them their basic strategic objectives. Contrary to their...
Rangers at Dieppe: The First Combat Action of U.S. Army Rangers in World War II
Varied Fare Rangers at Dieppe: The First Combat Action of U.S. Army Rangers in World War II. Jim DeFelice. Berkley Caliber. 300 pages; black-and-white photographs; index; $24.95.Two years before the now famous World War II D-Day invasion, a small group...
RETURN OF THE KING: The Field Artillery Campaign Plan
Recent concern has been raised in some circles regarding the maintenance of core proficiency skills by field artillery units tasked with performing multiple, repetitive, nonstandard combat missions. A number of these issues were summarized in a recent...
Sanctuary and Irregular Warfare
Much has appeared in the news lately concerning insurgents-Taliban and otherwise-operating from sanctuaries available to them in Pakistan. Some months ago there was concern over whether or not Sunni insurgents operating in Iraq enjoyed sanctuary in Syria,...
The Army and Future Strategic Challenges
"Thank God all this is over and we can go back to real soldiering again."-British NCO, September 1918The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are going to continue for some years yet, and Defense secretary Robert Gates-the most nonlame "lame duck" in recent...
Tracking Ominous Evidence of Strategic Inflexibility
As an indicator of what the Pentagon thinks is important, one could do worse than refer to the Early Bird, a digital compilation of defense-related news stories and opinion columns assembled each day by the American Forces Information Service for the...
Walking the Hills
In Afghanistan with the 101st Airborne Division"Tell 'em we're here, too," the soldier tells me in the gray light before sunrise on a ridgeline 7,800 feet up in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan." Not just the marines," he adds with what could be...