Army

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Articles from Vol. 61, No. 5, May

Abandoning Victory
In 2007-08, the United States, its coalition partners, and Iraq turned around what most believed was imminent defeat. How? Through the cumulative effects of the following: hard work under tough, dynamic and dangerous conditions by U.S. diplomats and...
A Battle Within: Taking over a Platoon with Combat Casualties
The attacks of September 11 occurred during my junior year at West Point, and my class knew immediately that combat was in our future. My classmates and I were inundated with speeches, classes, summer military training and other events to prepare us...
A New Strategic Approach to Managing Our Foreign Area Specialists
In my January ARMY Magazine article ("Front & Center"), I presented an 'Open Letter to Army FAOs," discussing why I, as a geographic combatant commander, believe that the Army can do better at growing and leveraging the unique and critical skills...
Company Command Building Combat-Ready Teams
To: Company ConimandersFrom: Company CommandersHow We Develop Professional ExpertiseAs company commanders, we are "on point" for the profession of arms. We lead the combat formations that, as the saying goes, execute the final 400 meters of national...
Conflicts Escalate in Eastern Afghanistan
Battles between coalition troops and insurgents increased with the onset of the spring fighting season in Afghanistan. This month, the 1st Cavalry Division, led by MG Daniel B. Allyn, assumes command of Regional Command-East (RC-E) from the 101st Airborne...
Downsizing and Déjà Vu
Many of us heard or read with great interest the February speech that Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates gave at the U.S. Military Academy (April ARMY). It was direct, thoughtful and broadly envisioned, a worthy addition to the body of knowledge our...
Examination of a Military Triumvirate
Examination of a Military Triumvirate Brothers, Rivals, Victors: Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley, and the Partnership That Drove the Allied Conquest in Europe. Jonathan W. Jordan. NAL Caliber. 672 pages; black-andwhite photographs; index; $28.95.Historians...
Gun Trucks in Brigade Support Battalions-How Much Longer?
The U.S. Army needs to provide the organic capability of convoy escort to the organization that conducts the mission - that way there is no competition for limited resources. Failure to provide the sustainment units with convoy security vehicles and...
INTRODUCTION TO THE Army Functional Concept for Sustainment
As we look to the future, our Army will face an uncertain operational environment that will not only challenge our soldiers, leaders and organizations, but also how we support the fight. To confront this challenge, sustainers must be able to support...
Letters
On This Month's 'CompanyCommand'In response to GEN Martin E. Dempsey's Army white paper The Profession of Anns, I invited a few captains and majors serving in the Washington, D.C., area to meet with me at AUSA headquarters as part of the Army-wide dialogue....
M915A5 Update
The U.S. Army's "line-haul" family of vehicles is primarily used in transportation and quartermaster units for the rapid and efficient transport of bulk supplies from air- and seaports to division support areas within the theater of operation."The line-...
Mobile Concepts
Corporate Structure - Founded: 1956. President: Anne Degre. Headquarters: 480 Bessemer Road, Mount Pleasant, PA 15666. Telephone: 724-542-7640. Website: wvw.MobileConcepts.com.Mobile Concepts' trailer manufacturing history began in 1956. Since then,...
Predictions
Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates has stirred up a bevy of responses, critiques, reviews and commentary with his speeches at West Point and the Air Force Academy earlier this year. He said, was thought to have said, meant to say, is interpreted to...
Secretary of Defense Cuts General Officer Slots
Under a wide-ranging set of "efficiency initiatives" approved by Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, 140 general/flag officer slots will be downgraded, eliminated or reallocated within the Department of Defense, a number that represents nearly 15 percent...
Shaping Sustainment for Tomorrow
This year, we will finish withdrawing our forces and quipment from Iraq, the culmination of the largest logistics effort since the end of the Vietnam War. We continue to substantially improve deployment to, redeployment from and sustainment operations...
Tacom Lcmc Moves the Army
In January 2009, U.S. Forces-Iraq published an operations order for the drawdown of U.S. forces there. This signaled the beginning of Operation [New Dawn and set in motion a series of actions that will result in the gradual drawdown of all I Army forces...
The Army's Operational Energy Challenge
Over the next two decades, U.S. forces will operate in a geostrategic environment of considerable uncertainty against adversaries who will rely less on conventional force-on-force battles to thwart U.S. actions and more on employing tactics that seek...
The Limitations of Warfare by Air and Naval Forces Only
IT IS NOT WHAT SECRETARY OF DEFENSE Robert Gates actually said in a speech at West Point this past February that concerns me, but what his comments were taken to mean in the public commentary that followed: a revival of his two predecessors' agendas....
The Panther Brigade in Full Spectrum Operations at the JRTC
H-Minus Ready for WarOctober 2010 was a month of many firsts as the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) at Fort Polk, La., ran the first full spectrum operations (FSO) rotation in eight years. The rotation was the initial effort to broaden training...
The Rewards of Reading in the Profession of Arms
The Army is experiencing a transition in leadership. It is apparent from GEN Martin E. Dempsey's recent articles and speeches that one focus of his command as the 37th Chief of Staff of the Army will be a reexamination of the Army as a profession and...
Warriors Remembered: Vietnam Veterans-Welcome Home
Warriors Remembered: Vietnam Veterans-Welcome Home. Albert J. Nahas. IBJ Book Publishing. 226 pages; color photographs; $49.95.There is still a great deal of emotional scarring in our national psyche regarding the Vietnam War years. Now more than 40...
Wild Bill Donovan: The Spymaster Who Created the OSS and Modern American Espionage
Varied Fare Wild Bill Donovan: The Spymaster Who Created the OSS and Modern American Espionage. Douglas Waller. Free Press. 467 pages; black-and-white photographs; index; $30.Douglas Waller's new book, Wild Bill Donovan: The Spymaster Who Created the...