Category National Guard

Mattis’s Pyrrhic Personnel War: SecDef Clashes With White House About Staffing The Pentagon

Mattis’s Pyrrhic Personnel War The defense secretary clashes with the White House about staffing the Pentagon. https://www.wsj.com/articles/mattiss-pyrrhic-personnel-war-1487894275 The defense secretary at a press conference in Baghdad, Feb. 20. PHOTO: ZUMA PRESS By KIMBERLEY A. STRASSEL Updated Feb. 23, 2017 7:20 p.m. ET 203 COMMENTS Every military tactician fears the Pyrrhic victory-winning a battle but losing the war. Defense […]

POTUS Trump’s NSC Pick – H.R. McMaster On ‘Continuities Of War & The Future Of Warfare

Thanks to Dave Maxwell for sending.   Also worth re-reading is HR’s 2014 Veteran’s Day Speech at Georgetown here:  http://blogs.cfr.org/davidson/2014/11/18/the-warrior-ethos-at-risk-h-r-mcmasters-remarkable-veterans-day-speech/ ICYMI: Discussing the Continuities of War and the Future of Warfare: The Defense Entrepreneurs Forum by H. R. McMaster Journal Article |  February 20, 2017 – 4:11pm http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/icymi-discussing-the-continuities-of-war-and-the-future-of-warfare-the-defense-entrepreneur Discussing the Continuities of War and the Future of […]

Former Secretary Of Defense Carter Outlines The Future Of Warfare

Concluding Q&A: At heart, you’re a scientist. What is your advice to all the scientists concerned about the direction this White House is taking the country? Again, it’s very early. It’s very difficult to discern what the direction is. I’d encourage people to keep heart and to remember that we’ve been around for 241 years […]

A Glimpse Of Warfare’s Future, Today

David Maxwell’s comments are below and highlighted — before the actual article. The article referenced in this piece can be downloaded from the Prism web site at this link (note that this edition of Prism is all about SOF)  http://cco.ndu.edu/PRISM-6-3/Article/1020215/reaching-forward-in-the-war-against-the-islamic-state/ The article was written by Majors Christopher Thielenhaus and Eric Roles, both Special Forces officers at […]

Trump’s Mission: Build A New American Army

Excerpt: Today’s Army is accustomed to irregular warfare – the suppression of weak insurgents who do not have armies, air forces or air defenses, let alone naval power – and military “train and advise” missions. If ordered to fight in Eastern Europe, the Near East or Northeast Asia, the Army would send its vulnerable airborne […]

House Looks To Rebuild As Military Warns Of Shortfalls

House Looks To Rebuild As Military Warns Of Shortfalls Stars and Stripes WASHINGTON – The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said Tuesday that a new Congress and president could begin repairing the military this year as uniformed leaders again painted a grim picture of depleted forces. Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, pointed to Congress’ […]

With Trump, Congress Can Kill Sequester: Thornberry

With Trump, Congress Can Kill Sequester: Thornberry breakingdefense.com · by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. Rep. Mac Thornberry CAPITOL HILL: Can Congress finally break the logjam of the Budget Control Act and increase spending on defense? Yes we can, said the cautiously optimistic chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. Why are the chances any better this year than for all the […]

How Mattis’ Plan For Fixing The U.S. Military Would Transform The Army

How Mattis’ Plan For Fixing The U.S. Military Would Transform The Army Forbes Loren Thompson ,    CONTRIBUTOR I write about national security, especially its business dimensions.   Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. Secretary of Defense James Mattis has issued his initial campaign plan for rebuilding America’s military, pursuant to a presidential directive signed […]

POTUS Trump Doubles Down On Defense; Signs Exec Order At Pentagon

Trump promises ‘great rebuilding of the Armed Forces’ while signing executive order at the Pentagon By Dan Lamothe January 27 President Trump, accompanied by Vice President Pence, greets Defense Secretary James Mattis at the Pentagon, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) President Trump signed an executive order Friday to launch what he called a “great rebuilding […]

It’s Time To Create A Megacities Combat Unit – Modern War Institute

A megacities combat unit will have one key characteristic: it will have to be huuuuggggeeee. Perhaps tremendously huge to make it great (sorry I could not resist the attempt at humor).  An urban environment sucks up a lot of personnel in a small amount of real estate. It’s Time To Create A Megacities Combat Unit […]