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Articles from Vol. 59, No. 5, May

AUSA Sustaining Member Profile: RUD Chain, Inc
Corporate Structure- Founded: 1980. CEQ: Joerg Rieger. Headquarters: 840 N. 20th Avenue, Hiawatha, IA 52233. Telephone: 319-294-0001. Web site-, www.rudchain.com.RUD Chain, Inc., a subsidiary of RUD Ketten Rieger & Dietz GmbH u. Co. KG1 has been...
Counter Rockets, Artillery and Mortar (C-RAM)
In the conduct of Operation Iraqi Freedom, insurgents continue to pose serious dangers by employing indirect-fire tactics of quick-attack, low-trajectory, urbanterrain-masked rocket, artillery and mortar (RAM) strikes against U.S. forward operating bases...
Developing a Great Commander/First Sergeant Relationship
To: Company CommandersFrom: Company CommandersA great commander/first sergeant (CDR/1 SG) relationship is make or break when it comes to being an effective unit. Some of us are graced by God (seriously!) with that nail-eating, rust-crapping 1SG who lives...
For How Many Wars Should U.S. Forces Prepare?
In the unaired portion of an interview in March with National Public Radio's Robert Siegel, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates had this to say about future defense planning: "Our military planning for a number of years- - and I would say going back at...
Full Spectrum Mission Training Plans
Mission training plans (MTPs) emerged from the post-Vietnam training methodology. These plans served multiple purposes, but three stand out as useful to today's Army.First, MTPs helped reorient the Army from an almost exclusively Vietnam counterinsurgency...
Gates Announces 'Reform Budget' for FY 2010
Announcing a fiscal year (FY) 2010 defense budget he says is "crafted to reshape the priorities of America's defense establishment," Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates called for eliminating the Army's Future Combat Systems (FCS) armored vehicles program,...
Memorial Day
On Memorial Day 2009, we will again honor those who have given their lives in the service of our country, citing especially the casualties suffered during the past year. Accompanying the testimonials, expressions of appreciation and the honors bestowed...
New Afghanistan Strategy: Regional and Comprehensive
A review of U.S. strategy in Afghanistan by the Obama administration in April emphasized that success there calls for a regional approach that includes diplomatic, economic and military resources - an assessment American commanders have long articulated.President...
Principles of Design for the Army the United States May Need
'You Go to War With the Army You Have'Despite the long list of things that former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld got wrong, he was right in conducting that "you got to war with the Army you have.' For that very reason, the debate ove the shape...
Pulling Teeth: An Infantry Platoon Leader's Perspective on a Year in Afghanistan
We were returning down the same riverbed we had driven up early that morning - the same huge rocks, the same water-eaten makeshift trail. Althou I hated it and hoped I wouldn't regret it, as platoon leader I didn't have a choice, since there was only...
Resurrecting Posse Comitatus in the Post-9/11 World
"The Posse Comitatus Act is dead," declared a headline on a political blog recently. At first glance this seems mere hyperbole, an overreaction to the assignment of a U.S. Army Infantry brigade by the Bush administration to homeland security operations...
Retaining Great Power Status: Today's Challenge and the 'Power of Balance'
The United States today finds itself facing three pressing demands. First, we are in a global war that we cannot afford to lose, but we cannot continue to fight it as we have. Second, we are in a global eco- nomic crisis that we have to resolve, but...
Strategic Planning: A Virtual Possibility
Army Management Staff College (AMSC) teaches leadership and management to the Army Civilian Corps and military leaders at two campuses - Fort Belvoir, Va., and Fort Leavenworth, Kan. One of my responsibilities as director of educational services is to...
Thoughts on Memorial Day
We Americans have an uneven record with respect to honoring our fallen soldiers. Occasionally in our history, anti- military or "unmilitary" sentiment has been at play, but more often there has simply been a lack of personal connection between busy citizens...
Wounded Warriors Find Jobs with Army Corps of Engineers
CPT Kevin Morrison reports to work each day along with hundreds of other employees in the Romano Mazzoli Federal Building in Louisville, Ky, where he serves as the new U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Great Lakes and Ohio River Divi- sion deployment...