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To Change an Army—Winning Tomorrow
Lt. Gen. Eric J. Wesley, U.S. Army
Chief Warrant Officer 5 Jon Bates, U.S. Army
The director of the Futures and Concepts Center, U.S. Army Futures Command, provides a vision and a framework for how the U.S. Army can achieve modernization to keep pace with the growing parity of peer adversaries.
Working to Master Large-Scale Combat Operations: Recommendations for Commanders to Consider during Home-Station Training
Col. Michael J. Simmering, U.S. Army
The commander of Operations Group at the National Training Center offers several valuable lessons learned for commanders at all tactical levels.
Connecting the Dots: Developing Leaders Who Can Turn Threats into Opportunities
Lt. Col. Richard A. McConnell, DM, U.S. Army, Retired
The author discusses the importance of leaders and planners recognizing and taking advantage of what is known as “exceptional information.”
Medical Changes Needed for Large-Scale Combat Operations: Observations from Mission Command Training Program Warfighter Exercises
Col. Matthew Fandre, MD, U.S. Army
The senior medical officer for the Mission Command Training Program describes the challenges of providing medical support in large-scale combat operations based on lessons learned from numerous Warfighter exercises.
Preventable Casualties: Rommel’s Flaw, Slim’s Edge
Col. Ronald F. Bellamy, MD, U.S. Army
Col. Craig H. Llewellyn, MD, U.S. Army, Retired
Two medical doctors analyze the contrasting emphasis placed on field sanitation during World War II by German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel and British Lt. Gen. Sir William Slim and the corresponding results. This article was originally published in the May 1990 issue of Army Magazine.
Higher Command in War
Field Marshal Sir William Slim
The senior British leader provides his invaluable insights into leadership during a speech to a Command and General Staff College class in 1952. The transcript of his speech was originally published in the May 1990 issue of Military Review.
Training the Shield Arm: How U.S. Army Air Defense Forces Are Embracing Field Manual 3-0 and Preparing for Large-Scale Ground Combat
Col. Judson Gillett, U.S. Army
Maj. Catalina Rosales, U.S. Army
Maj. Brandon Thompson, U.S. Army
Maj. Grady Stebbins, U.S. Army
Air defense units have a new focus for training: support to large-scale combat operations on a highly contested modern battlefield. A quartet of air defense officers explain how they developed an ambitious training strategy to prepare air defense units to meet that challenge.
Keep Your Eye on the Prize: The Importance of Stability Operations
Col. George F. Oliver, PhD, U.S. Army, Retired
Military and civilian strategic and operational planners need to keep a focus on the desired end state no matter what kind of war is being fought, according to this Naval War College professor.
The People’s Protection Units’ Branding Problem: Syrian Kurds and Potential Destabilization in Northeastern Syria
Lt. Cmdr. Joshua M. M. Portzer, U.S. Navy
The author argues that the People’s Protection Units (YPG) must distance itself from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) to appease Turkey, and shaping the YPG’s messaging and dialogue with Turkey should be the Syrian Kurds’ main line of effort.
The Integrated Tactical Network: Pivoting Back to Communications Superiority
Maj. Matthew S. Blumberg, U.S. Army
A signal officer relates how the U.S. Army’s ability to apply tactical communications is far from ready for the next major war and is in urgent need of transformational change.
Cover photo: Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Gorman, a critical care flight paramedic, with Company C, 3rd Battalion, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, sits for a portrait in his flight gear 11 December 2018 at Fort Drum, New York. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Garrick Morgenweck, U.S. Army)
Competing Below the Threshold: Harnessing Nonviolent Action
Maj. John Chambers, U.S. Army
Dr. Lionel Beehner
The current operational environment is giving rise to forms of warfare that are nonviolent by design, and American soldiers will find themselves increasingly tasked to take on issues outside the bounds of simply killing the enemy to achieve the Nation’s strategic objectives.
The President’s Pardon Power
Dr. Michael J. Davidson
Many former members of the military and others seeking to avoid military service have been the recipients of presidential pardons. The author details the history of the presidential pardon, and the source and scope of the president’s authority to offer such pardons.
Leadership Is Language: The Hidden Power of What You Say—and What You Don’t
Lt. Col. Michael Bundt, U.S. Army
The author critiques a book by L. David Marquet in which the author explains how to implement intent-based leadership.
National Guard Contributes to COVID-19 Fight
In a special feature, Military Review highlights the past and present efforts of the National Guard in fighting pandemic diseases.
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