September-October 2023


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September-October 2023


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Professional Membership: Expectations and Privileges

Col. Todd Schmidt, PhD, U.S. Army Director, Army University Press


Write for Military Review: Suggested Writing Themes and Topics—2023


Pen and Sword: The Symbiosis between Ernest Hemingway and Maj. Gen. Buck Lanham

Eileen Martin

Greer Rising

The writer and the soldier forged a friendship that lasted their entire lives, and their unique collaboration of pen and sword enriched the literary world and the profession of arms.


Low Crawling toward Obscurity: The Army’s Professional Journals

Maj. Zachary Griffiths, U.S. Army

The Army’s professional publications must modernize toward web-first platforms to reach soldiers where they are, and the Army should consider modest incentives for writing and editing professional military publications.


Reimagining America’s Professional All-Volunteer Army

Lt. Gen. James M. Dubik, PhD, U.S. Army, Retired

Lt. Gen. Lawson W. Magruder III, U.S. Army, Retired

Our Nation is in a multipolar, great-power period, and it is time to reexamine, perhaps even reimagine, the relationship between America’s Army—Active, Guard, and Reserve—and the contextual conditions that shape it.


Lack of Will: How the All-Volunteer Force Conditioned the American Public

Maj. Christopher J. Parker, U.S. Army

Despite its investment in personnel, fifty years of the all-volunteer force has conditioned much of the American public to eschew military service while simultaneously enabling wars of want that have, in turn, only reinforced public skepticism about military service.


Four Minutes to Make a Leader

Maj. James Cowen, British Army

The principles of transformational leadership grow in importance when it comes to defining an organizational vision and setting a culture. This article was awarded first place in the General Douglas MacArthur Military Leadership Writing Competition.


The 11th Airborne Division Reborn: Arctic Angels

Maj. Gen. Brian S. Eifler, U.S. Army

Natalie M. Hardy

The 11th Airborne Division, reactivated in 2022, is capable of operating in the Arctic, in mountainous terrain, and in other extreme cold weather areas while maintaining readiness for global deployments.


Russians Are Busy Hammering Out Their “Ideology of the Future”

Dr. Robert F. Baumann

The new ideology put forth by Russian leaders in light of their struggles during Russia’s “special military operation” in Ukraine provides a useful lens through which to understand the ambitions of the Putin government.


Xi Jinping’s PLA Reforms and Redefining “Active Defense”

Capt. Scott J. Tosi, U.S. Army Reserve

China is making great efforts to downsize, professionalize, restructure existing command relationships, and enable joint operations within the People’s Liberation Army.


Army University Press Products of Relevance to INDOPACOM and Korea


free-fall parachute

Data Centricity and the 1st Cavalry Division’s “Speed of Relevance” during Warfighter 23-04

Maj. Thomas D. Richardson, U.S. Army

The 1st Cavalry Division demonstrated the significance of data centricity in conducting multidomain operations during a recent Warfighter exercise. This article was awarded first place in the Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association Writing Contest.


Pistol-Packing Padres: Rethinking Regulations Prohibiting Armed Military Chaplains

Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Joseph Friedman, Colorado Air National Guard

The Department of Defense’s insistence on unarmed chaplains must be reconsidered. Just as medical personnel are authorized to carry defensive weapons, so should chaplains.


Medal of Honor: Nine Chaplains


Comedy in Combat Culture: Understanding the Use of Humor in Crisis and Conflict

Maj. Sally Williamson, Australian Army

Appropriate humor can serve as a useful tool for interpersonal and informative communication, transcend traditional hierarchies, serve as a culturally acceptable mechanism for voicing dissatisfaction, and act as an effective coping strategy in crisis and conflict. This article was awarded second place in the General Douglas MacArthur Military Leadership Writing Competition.


Rear Detachment Operations through a Project Management Framework

Maj. Aaron F. Anderson, U.S. Army

Rear detachment operations are critical to units during and after deployments, but there is limited current doctrine dedicated to the topic. One industry that can provide a framework for rear detachment operations is project management.


Walking Point

Maj. Joseph T. Costello, U.S. Army Reserve

This poem was written during deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom after a dismounted IED blast killed Sgt. Justin Officer, a cavalry scout, as they walked back to the command post from an Afghan village.


Creating the Modern Army: Citizen-Soldiers and the American Way of War, 1919–1939

Col. Dean A. Nowowiejski, PhD, U.S. Army, Retired

The author critiques William J. Woolley’s book on the origins of the modern U.S. Army.


Medal of Honor: Master Sgt. Earl D. Plumlee


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