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Articles from Vol. 61, No. 4, April

Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker: Diplomat and Partner Extraordinaire
I can think of no one more deserving of AUSA's George Catlett Marshall Medal than Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker. One of America's greatest Arabists and arguably the finest diplomat of his generation, Ryan provided peerless leadership in an unparalleled...
At War Overseas and Facing Spending Realities at Home
The Fiscal 2012 Defense BudgetThe Defense Department's fiscal year (FY) 2012 budget request asks for a $553 billion base budget - under which the Army's base budget was set at $144.9 billion-and nearly $117.8 billion for overseas contingency operations,...
AUSA Sustaining Member Profile: STARA Technologies Inc
Corporate Structure- President: Colin McCavitt. Headquarters: B1 S. William Dillard Drive, Gilbert, AZ 85233. Telephone: 480-850-1555. Web site: www.staratechnologies.com.Recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have shown that an unstructured group...
Budget Balancing
Once again, budget cuts are the rage in Washington, and the defense budget, as always, is a prime target for one or two or all of the following reasons. There are claims/assertions that: The economy requires a reduction in spending, and defense must...
Company Command
Building Combat-Ready TeamsTo: Company Commanders and Platoon LeadersFrom: Company Commanders and Platoon LeadersLeading in the Age of FacebookEight years ago, Facebook did not exist. Today it has more than 600 million users worldwide and grows by a...
Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History
Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History. S. C. Gwynne. Scribner. 384 pages; black-and-white photographs; index; $27.50.Journalist S.C. Gwynne's masterful account...
Forces Realign 'To Better Protect Afghan People'
In late February, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan announced that it is repositioning forces from the Pech River Valley in Regional Command-East (RC-E) to strengthen security along a key trade route from Pakistan to Kabul...
Fort Sumter at 150
April 12 marks the 150th anniversary of the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter, inaugurating the American Civil War. In November's "Historically Speaking" column, I discussed the divisiveness and polarization of the preceding years, including the tumultuous...
HOSTAGES TO HONOR: The Flag above Fort Sumter
It's astonishing just how small Fort Sumter, S.C., is. Five minutes at a saunter will take most who walk it across its breadth, from the entrance gate to the far gun line.A dark gray blockhouse impedes those who stroll I there today. It encased the comma...
How Wars End: Why We Always Fight the Last Battle
Decision Making in War How Wars End: Why We Always Fight the Last Battle. Gideon Rose. Simon & Schuster. 432 pages; index; $27.Gideon Rose's latest book, How Wars End: Why We Always Fight the Last Battle, has a provocative title with a subtitle that...
Institutional Adaptation of an Improved 'Protection Warfighting Function'
The Army has collected numerous lessons learned over nine years of persistent conflict that are shaping the Army's transformation efforts and its leader and solther development. The global war on terrorism has demonstrated that the Army must continuously...
Letters
The 'Best and Brightest'* Wonderful reprinting of GEN Frederick J. Kroesen's article "Losing the 'Best and Brightest,' Again" (March "Front & Center"). I, for one, do not buy into the fact that those who leave our ranks for greener pastures are our...
M4 Carbine Update
With an authorized acquisition objective (AAO) of more than 500,000 weapons, the M4 carbine has earned its characterization as a "ubiquitous" element of U.S. Army tactical operations.The M4 program emerged from a 1991 Marine Corps effort to obtain a...
Military Tribunals to Resume
President Obama has issued an executive order approving the resumption of military trials for detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and establishing a system to review the cases of those not charged but held indefinitely because they pose a significant...
New Military Strategy Is Really Just a Wish List
In early February, the Pentagon finally released its first new National Military Strategy (NMS) since 2004. It's an interesting read. It's also a disappointing one.There's much to approve in the new document its recognition that we confront a complex...
Preparing the Army for Its Future
One of the greatest privileges of serving as Secretary of Defense over the last fourplus years is the opportunity to visit the service academies - to speak to and hear from the future leadership of the finest military in the world. This will be the fourth...
Ryan C. Crocker to Receive 2011 Marshall Medal
The Association of the U.S. Army has selected Ryan C. Crocker, former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, as the recipient of this year's George Catlett Marshall Medal. The highest honor the association bestows, the Marshall Medal is awarded annually to an individual...
State Department's Nation-Building Plan Will Need Army Support
The State Department issued the First Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR), Leading Through Civilian Power, on December 15, 2010. In her foreword, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton explains the origin of the QDDR: "When I was a Senator,...
Sustaining the Army's Home: Building an Integrated Approach
"When the Army goes green, the country could really go green," columnist Thomas Friedman wrote in an April 2007 article in The New York Times Magazine. This statement underscores the influential position the Army holds in our nation. Because of the Army's...
T-11 Personnel Parachute System
Publication of this issue of ARMY Magazine coincides with the first anniversary of parachute jumping with the new T-Il Personnel Parachute System at the U.S. Army Airborne School, Fort Benning, Ga. Reflecting the vision of Program Executive Office (PEO)...
The Killing of Crazy Horse
The Killing of Crazy Horse. Thomas Powers. Alfred A. Knopf. 592 pages; black-and-white photographs; index; $30.Few battles in American history have captured the public imagination as much as the Battle of the Little Bighorn on June 25, 1876, in which...
The Quiet One: General Roscoe Robinson Jr
Varied Fare The Quiet One: General Roscoe Robinson Jr. Leon L. Haley. Fortis Publishing. 273 pages; black-and-zuhite photographs; $28.95.The subject of The Quiet One, GEN Roscoe Robinson Jr., the Army's first African- American four-star general, is a...
The Strategic Challenge of the Decade
The necessity to regain U.S. economic strength is a pressing issue of national security, but actions taken to regain our strength cannot occur in a vacuum. Rather, economic recovery is one of three important elements of a larger strategic problem. Individually,...