2023 Online Exclusive Articles

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March 2023 Online Exclusive Articles

The Graveyard of Command Posts: What Chornobaivka Should Teach Us about Command and Control in Large-Scale Combat Operations


Lt. Gen. Milford “Beags” Beagle, U.S. Army

Brig. Gen. Jason C. Slider, U.S. Army

Lt. Col. Matthew R. Arrol, U.S. Army

To fight and win on the modern battlefield in large-scale combat operations, Army command posts must become more flexible, agile, and resilient while not sacrificing effectiveness.

Article published on: 28 March 2023


We Hear You!


Lt. Gen. Milford H. Beagle Jr., U.S. Army

Lt. Col. Michael Soyka, U.S. Army

Maj. Lasherdo Harris, U.S. Army

Capt. Sean Robishaw, U.S. Army

LTG Milford H. Beagle, Jr. and three other officers address the dissatisfaction voiced by junior officers concerning careers, command, and professional military education. The article acknowledges the true challenges of company command to personal well-being and also identifies ways to improve PME. Additionally, the authors provide insights from their experiences on how an Army career evolves and how to reframe experiences across that career.

Article published on: 27 March 2023


End the Professional Military Education Equivalency Myth: Restructure the Army Captains Career Course Based on Best Practices for Distributed Learning


Maj. William L. Woldenberg, U.S. Army Reserve

The Army Distributed Learning Program fails to meet the shared vision established in 2020 by the Joint Chiefs of Staff because of insufficient course design and counterproductive policies and doctrine, damaging the quality of education experienced by both Active and Reserve Component officers.

Article published on: 27 March 2023


Peace Games: Preparing U.S. Officials for Challenges and Opportunities Abroad


Kathryn Elliott

Thomas P. Sheehy

with Ambassador David C. Miller Jr., Retired

U.S. diplomatic personnel in forty-nine embassies, plus the African Union, throughout sub-Saharan Africa contend with similarly difficult issues, operating in taxing environments. These include the current food crisis, now impacting over three hundred million Africans, growing insurgencies in several parts of West Africa, tens of millions of displaced persons, and environmental degradation. Six successful African coups have occurred since 2020, which stressed the duty to protect Americans in those countries and undermined efforts to foster democracy and rule of law. The varied challenges facing the United States are illustrated by its activities in Somalia, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and Ethiopia.

Article published on: 17 March 2023


Reimagining Homeland Defense: A Need for an Integrated Approach


Col. Timothy Teague, U.S. Army, Retired

Maj. Duncan E. Braswell, U.S. Army

Given the complexity of the current global environment and the expanding, holistic capabilities of our competitors, particularly the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Russia, the United States must approach deterrence in a new way.

Article published on: 06 March 2023


Russian Antiwar Music in American Perspective


Dr. Robert F. Baumann

In 2020, less than two years before the Russian invasion of Ukraine, author Valeria Cherepenchuk published a history of Russian rock titled Khedlainery russkogo roka (Headliners of Russian Rock). In it, she presents band biographies of the twenty most significant bands and their most memorable recordings since the twilight of the Soviet Union. Several groups launched their careers under Soviet rule and endured pressure if not cancellation from government censors, since rock music was officially frowned upon until the last few years of the regime. Of the twenty bands cited in this work, almost all were still active when Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine began. A few even enjoyed his personal acclaim, which made subsequent events a little more surprising. Remarkably, a clear majority of the bands noted in Cherepenchuk’s book, or at least their headlining performers, have come out unequivocally against the invasion and made themselves persona non grata in the country where they earned their fame. Antiwar music has become their principal medium of political protest against the actions of the regime.

Article published on: 03 March 2023


February 2023 Online Exclusive Articles

A Roadmap to Launching Survey Operations Within the U.S. Department of Defense


Karl G. Feld

E. Lee Hill

Victoria A. Leoni

The Department of Defense (DOD) is acutely focused on harnessing the rising strategic value of information for decision-making and advanced capabilities from the boardroom to the battlefield. In June 2022, the newly established Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Office, charged with leading the department-wide push to adopt and leverage data, analytics, and artificial intelligence, reached full operating capacity.

Article published on: 17 February 2023


A Military Lesson Plan to Justify the Special Military Operation in Ukraine


Aleksandr Perendzhiev

Translated and Foreword by Ray Finch

The development of the Russian Federation in the modern world is taking place against the background of well-known challenges as well as new threats to its national security, which are primarily associated with the geopolitical position of Russia and its role in world politics.

Article published on: 06 February 2023


January 2023 Online Exclusive Articles

 Developing Insight: Personal Anecdotes from OEF XIII

Capt. Andrew J. Baer, U.S. Army

From February to August 2013, I had the privilege to serve as a member of a Security Force Advise and Assist Team (SFAAT), which deployed to Paktika Province, Afghanistan, with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (2/10 MTN). My SFAAT’s mission was to advise and assist the Afghan Border Police (ABP) amidst the larger draw down of international presence from Afghanistan.

Article published on: 25 January 2023


Food Resiliency in Moldova: Assessment and Lessons from Ukraine


Maj. Jamie Critelli, U.S. Army Reserve

Capt. Gustavo Ferreira, PhD, U.S. Army Reserve

Many lessons have been learned from the ongoing war in Ukraine to include the growing awareness of the need for resilient civil societies that are prepared to deal with shocks and will likely bounce back after a crisis.

Article published on: 19 January 2023


It’s an Image Problem: How Vietnamization Affected the PSYOP Mission


1st Lt. Kyle K. Rable, U.S. Army Reserve

As the American people reeled from surprising 1968 Tet Offensive launched by the communists in Vietnam, they took to the ballots in the contentious 1968 U.S. presidential election. During this tumultuous time, Richard Nixon won the presidency. With the transition from President Lyndon Johnson to Nixon, the concept and plans for the American war in Vietnam changed as well. Due to the consequences of the Tet Offensive in 1968, then President Johnson moved Gen. William Westmoreland from commander of the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV) to Army chief of staff. After Westmoreland moved from MACV command, his deputy, Gen. Creighton Abrams, took over command of the American war effort in South Vietnam. These changes marked a decided turn toward withdrawal from Vietnam and increased pressure on the government of the Republic of Vietnam (GVN) to take over military operations.

Article published on: 09 January 2023