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Articles from Vol. 60, No. 12, December

Answering the Call: The U.S. Army Nurse Corps, 1917-1919: A Commemorative Tribute to Military Nursing in World War I
Answering the Call: The U.S. Army Nurse Corps, 1917-1919: A Commemorative Tribute to Military Nursing in World War I. Edited by Lisa M. Budreati and LTC Richard M. Prior. Department of the Army. 244 pages; map; black-and-zuhite photographs; $43.This...
Army Evaluation Task Force Expands 'Increment 1' Testing
As part of the December 2009 acquisition decision approving low-rate initial production for one Early Infantry Brigade Combat Team (EIBCT) set of "Increment 1" ("Spin Out 1") hardware, the Army was directed to confi" testing of all of the Increment 1...
Company Command Building Combat-Ready Teams: Journal of a Platoon Leader in Afghanistan
To: Company-level LeadersFrom: A Current Platoon LeaderThe environment that company-level leaders operate within at war - demanding, dangerous, complex and ambiguous - can be difficult to imagine until it is experienced personally. This month, an exceptional...
Concepts Matter
This is the second in a series of articles on the Army's "campaign of learning."Among my favorite encounters with different groups within the Army are those with groups of cadets. It doesn't matter whether they're West Point cadets, ROTC cadets or I...
Counterinsurgency Approach Is Working
Three of the 34 provinces in Afghanistan - Kandahar and Helmand in the south and Kunar in the east - remain the most violent places in the country, but the counterinsurgency approach is succeeding there. Military leaders and government officials are...
Cultivating Army Leaders
Perhaps the most important contribution that officers - commissioned and noncommissioned - can make is to replace themselves with leaders as or more qualified than they have been. Arguments concerning whether leaders are made or born have been quieted...
Griffin Begins Moving 'Out of the Dark'
As part of an ongoing balancing act between critical issues such as precision attack effects, collateral damage avoidance, and life-cycle cost considerations, industry representatives and service planners are exploring a range of new and modified munitions...
Hope Unseen: The Story of the U.S. Army's First Blind Active-Duty Officer
Hope Unseen: The Story of the U.S. Army's First Blind Active-Duty Officer. CPT Scotty Smiley with Doug Crandall. Howard Books. 256 pages; black-and-white photographs; $24.99.Hope Unseen is the story of one soldier 's encounter with an Iraqi car bomb...
Improvisional Leadership: Setting the Stage for Future Army Leader Development
In the September issue of ARMY, the article "Going Beyond Adaptability" described the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) experimental leadership course centered around the ideas found in the book The Starfish and the Spider. I had the privilege...
Insightful Addition to Vietnam War Literature
Insightful Addition to Vietnam War Literature One Hell of a Ride: Inside an Armored Cavalry Task Force in Vietnam. William C. Haponski. Combatant Books. 560 pages; black-and-white photographs; index; $23.99.Early in this narrative, retired COL William...
Letters
GEN Anthony McAuliffe's Christmas Message to His TroopsHeadquarters 101st Airborne DivisionOffice of the Division Commander24 December 1944What's Merry about all this, you ask? We're fighting - it's cold - -we aren't home. All true, but what has the...
MEDFLAG 10: Synchronizing Public Affairs Activities from a Remote Location
Developing partnerships, enhancing capabilities and increasing readiness were the goals that propelled the efforts of U.S. Army Africa (USARAF) and the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) during MEDFLAG 10, a joint humanitarian...
'Superb Examination' of Civil War Strategy
'Superb Examination' of Civil War Strategy The Grand Design: Strategy and the U.S. Civil War. Donald Stoker. Oxford University Press. 498 pages; maps; index; $27.95.Of the numerous books on the American Civil War, few have explored in depth the critical...
Sustaining Comprehensive Discipline in Challenging Times
"It is absurd to believe that soldiers who cannot be made to wear the proper uniform can be induced to move forward in battle. You cannot be disciplined in great things and undisciplined in small things. Brave undisciplined men have no chance against...
The 2010 AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition: A Professional Development Forum
Reaching an all-time high attendance mark, the 2010 AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition drew 35,836 people to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., for three days of programs that included professional development and education...
The Army National Guard-America's Oldest Force
On December 13, 1636, the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony directed the colony's militia companies to organize into three regiments. Three hundred and seventy-four years later, the organization born in that moment lives on in the more than...
The Army Reserve in the Next Decade and Beyond
In the last several years, the U.S. Army Reserve has transformed itself from a strategic to an operational reserve to better enable the Army Reserve to provide ready units and soldiers to support operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. It also gives a degree...
The Danger of Extrapolating from Today's Wars
As longtime readers of this column know, for several years beginning in the late 1990s, I had the privilege of participating in a series of Army and joint "futures" war games, usually as boss of the Red - enemy - player team. Those games were designed...
The Mythical Logistics Common Operating Picture
The ReportThe message on my screen was characteristically short: "Can you tell me everything that's crossed into Kuwait in the last 24 hours?" The author, Lt. Col. Jeff Mover, is a fastidious Air Force logistician with a penchant for quietly getting...
Veterans Benefits Improve
President Obama signed into law in October the 2010 Veterans Benefits Act, comprehensive legislation that improves, expands and updates benefits administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs for many veterans and their families. The omnibus measure,...