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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. 59, No. 10, October

2009: The Year of the NCO
War stories and tales of valor are how most Americans know and remember the noncommissioned officers of the U.S. Army; the legends of the American sergeant - SGT Alvin York and SGT Audie Murphy, as well as the grim face of Bill Mauldin's SGT Willie -...
A Balanced Army for the Future Strategic Environment
Our goal is to build a versatile mix of tailorable and networked organizations, operating on a rotational cycle, to provide a sustained flow of trained and ready forces for full spectrum operations and to hedge against unexpected contingencies at a tempo...
AMC's Evolution Accelerated: An Exciting Path to the Future
As we celebrate the Year of the Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) in 2009, I have asked my command sergeant major, CSM Jeffrey Mellinger, to join me in writing this article. CSM Mellinger served nearly 34 months as the command sergeant major for MultiNational...
Army Financial Management: Winning with a Cost Culture
We have recently reached and passed through a significant crossroads in the ongoing cycle of defense budgets in the United States. Given the nation's current economic woes and the many increasing demands for taxpayer dollars, we can reasonably expect...
Army Logisticians: Meeting the Challenges of 21st-Century Warfare
"We have 250,000 soldiers in 80 countries, and we have been at war for seven years, with 140,000 soldiers in theater today. And nobody ever asks, 'Who feeds those guys?' Our logisticians are victims of their own success. Their work is so good it is invisible...
Army National Guard: Integrated Missions
The essence of the Army National Guard (ARNG) is one of integrated missions - international and domestic operations. With concepts such as critical dual-use and citizen-soldier, our responses to international and domestic challenges merge together into...
Army Special Operations: Setting the World Standard
As we prepare to celebrate our 20th year of service to our Army and nation - one-third of that time spent at war - the men and women of U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) continue to make great contributions worldwide. The operations tempo...
Army Strong-AMEDD Strong-NCO Strong
It is my privilege to lead more than 70,000 highly trained, highly motivated professionals in a $10 billion international health promotion and healthcare delivery command. U.S. Army Medical Command (MEDCOM) protects our warriors from illness; treats...
Army Weapons and Equipment
AIRCRAFTRotary WingThe AH-6/MH-6 Little Bird (Cayuse) Helicopter is in service with the Army's 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) (SOAR). Following service in Vietnam, the Army's fleet of OH-6 light observation and command helicopters...
Building Balance and Versatility for a Campaign-Quality, Expeditionary Army
Just before the National Football League draft in April, USA Today ran this front-page headline: "As pro football evolves, hybrid players step up. Wide-open offenses, prospect of longer schedules fuel demand for more versatility." Extending this logic,...
CSA Retiree Council: Supporting Retired Soldiers
The Chief of Staff of the Army (CSA) Retiree Council cochairmen met with the CSA to report the top retiree issues after the Council's 49th meeting, held in April at the Pentagon. Chaired by LTG Frederick Vollrath, U.S. Army retired, and SMA Jack Tilley,...
Enabling Modernization, Underwriting Victory
"As Commander in Chief, I will do whatever it takes to defend the American people, which is why I've increased funding for the best military in the history of the world. We'll continue to make new investments in 21st-century capabilities to meet new...
First Army: Training for Overseas Contingency Operations While Transforming for Persistent Conflict
Today First Army mobilizes, trains, validates and deploys all continental U.S.-based Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve forces mobilizing in support of operations around the world. As the executive agent for Forces Com- mand (FORSCOM), First Army...
Growing and Rebalancing Our Army during a Time of Persistent Conflict
America's Army remains the strength of our nation. After nearly eight years of persistent conflict, our soldiers, civilians and families have proven their amazing strength through their resilience and continued dedication to accomplishing our nation's...
Historic Milestones towards a Sovereign, Stable and Self-Reliant Iraq
Marked by significant progress made possible by the courage, competence and commitment of the men and women of Multi-National Force-Iraq (MNF-I), 2009 has been a historic year of transitions for Iraq, the Iraqi people and MNF-I. Security incidents are...
Institutional Adaptation: Generating the 21st-Century Army
During my 19 months in Afghanistan, every night before going to sleep I would turn on my Tandberg video teleconference machine and speak with my fellow two-star commanders about our requirements. Our standard practice was to use only as many resources...
Institutional Adaptation: Improving Army Force Generation
In support of the Army's transformation impera- tive, Secretary of the Army Pete Geren and Army Chief of Staff (CSA) GEN George W. Casey Jr. signed a memorandum in January that defined the three major elements of the Army's institu- tional adaptation...
LandWarNet: Delivering the Right Information at the Right Place and Time
The following maxim is not novel: The joint commander demands relevant forces. But what does that mean in today's environment? For the Army, being relevant means being expeditionary. To be expeditionary, the Army must be networked - not networked in...
Maintaining a High Quality of Life for Soldiers, Their Families & Army Civilians
The concurrent demands of persistent conflict, Base Realignment and Closure, global posture repositioning, reconfiguring to a modular force, escalating energy costs and environmental issues have presented our Army with unprecedented challenges of delicately...
Manpower and Reserve Affairs Supporting the Army and Our Nation
As the Army's new Assistant Secretary for Manpower and Reserve Affairs (M&RA), I am proud to serve the soldiers, civilians, veterans, retirees and family members of our great Army. This job is one of the most important endeavors of my life.The Army's...
MDW: The Army, the National Capital Region and Continuity for the Future
The multidimensional, one-of-a-kind component command of the Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region (JFHQ-NCR), the U.S. Army Military District of Washington (MDW), consistently shows how "Army Strong" adapts to high-stakes operations in the...
New Priorities for an Engaged Army
The Army is in the midst of a significant realign- ment of U.S. defense and national priorities, given finite national resources in an era of per- sistent conflict. Two wars, a military-readiness dilemma, equipment shortages, a new defense acquisition...
Rebalancing the Army Military Intelligence Force
There are three imperatives to rebalancing the military intelligence (MI) force: institutionalize and enhance core intelligence capabilities, in- vest these capabilities where "risk-to-force" is greatest and generate sufficient capacity to sus- tain...
Space & Missile Defense: Supporting the Warfighter
U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/ Army Forces Strategic Command (USASMDC/ ARSTRAT) remains focused on supporting our warfighters with advanced space, missile defense and cyber capabilities. As the Army sendee component command (ASCC) to U.S....
The Army in the Pacific: Evolution of Power Shifts While Noncommissioned Officers Lead
The Asia-Pacific region will greatly influence the future of the United States. According to the authors of The United States and the Asia-Pacific Region: A Security Strategy for the Obama Administration, " ongoing shifts in geopolitical power from West...
The Army of the 21st Century
The perils and challenges of the 21st century are increasingly apparent. The United States' sense of domestic invulnerability to external threats was destroyed on 9/11. Since then, we have been at war - a long-term ideological struggle with a global...
The Army Reserve: A Positive Investment for America
As an operational force, the Army Reserve is a positive investment for America. Owing to the contributions of our citizen-soldiers and their families and prudent investments over the course of this decade, the Army Reserve has evolved from a strategic...
The Human Dimension of Army Force Generation
"The human dimension of readiness is about resilience."-Military Family Research InstituteOur Army faces unprecedented challenges as it prosecutes the longest conflict fought by an allvolunteer force. Soldiers and families have shown tremendous resilience...
The NCO Corps-Our National Asset: The Year of the NCO
The mission of the Army is to fight and win our nation's wars, and we are accomplishing this mission in our continuing war on terrorism. Today the American soldier brings unmatched skills to defending our nation, our allies and our friends. The Army...
Third Army and U.S. Army Central: America's Army Downrange
Headquartered at Fort McPherson, Ga., with forward headquarters at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Third Army/U.S. Army Central (USARCENT) is the Army service component command (ASCC) supporting U.S. Central Command's (USCENTCOM) missions in its 20- country area...
Two Centuries of Leadership and Selfless Service-The Army NCO
"The goal of the corps of NCOs, whose duty is the day-to-day business of running the Army so the officer corps has time to command it, is to continue to improve our Army at every turn. We want to leave it better than we found it."- SMA William G. BainbridgeI...
USAREUR: Building Partner Capacity for the Future
Rising concerns over regional conflicts, globalization, climate change, illegal trafficking of people and material, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction are just some of the complex factors undermining stability in Europe. As European...
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 'Building Strong'
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' (USACE) new slogan, "Building Strong," is at the heart of our work on behalf of the nation. We are in the midst of carrying out a mission of unprecedented scope, and we are committed to building strong throughout this...
U.S. Army North: Ready to Defend, Protect and Secure
As the Army aims to restore balance, U.S. Army North (USARNORTH), the Army service component command (ASCC) and standing joint force land component command (JFLCC) to U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM), continues to coordinate and conduct homeland defense,...
U.S. Army Posts & Installations
Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21005 and 21010. Opened 1917; home of 70 organizations, including Army Research, Development and Engineering Cmd.; Army Ordnance Museum and Ordnance Center and Schools; 20th Support Command (CBRNE); Army Developmental Test...
U.S. Army South: Defense and Fraternity
The past 25 years have been a period of enor- mous change and progress in Latin America and the Caribbean. In 1984, military dictator- ships still ruled in Brazil, Chile, Guatemala, Haiti, Panama, Paraguay, Suriname and Uruguay, and tragic civil conflicts...
U.S. Forces Korea: Preserving Peace and Stability
Since the ratification of the mutual defense treaty in 1954 by the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the United States, the ROK-U.S. alliance has deferred aggression, maintained peace on the Korean Peninsula, and promoted security and stability in Northeast...