Archive for September, 2006

The Air Force in the urban fight

As the world grows ever more urbanized, it is imperative that the Air Force prepare airmen to fight in cities. Cities are complex domains where military operations are constrained by congested terrain …

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Lessons from the last long wars

In America’s past, America’s future?

Our collective understanding of irregular warfare, while far better than it was at the time of the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, is not what it might …

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In this issue

It sometimes seems that the Theory of Air Power is more revealed religion than science; to communicants, there can be no fact or countervailing doctrine that disproves the central tenets of the …

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Five long years

The Pentagon still imagines war as it should be, rather than as it is

The nature of this war has still to be understood. It’s now five years since the attacks of …

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America’s asymmetric advantage

Is air power the new face of successful war-fighting? Much to the dismay of the boots-on-the-ground zealots, or BOTGZ (pronounced bow-togs), the answer for today’s democracies may well be “yes.” During the …

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Why hearts and minds matter

Chivalry and humanity, even in counterinsurgency, are not obsolete

Counterinsurgency has no “easy button.” As every soldier knows, insurgents don’t fight fair. Instead of wearing uniforms to signify their combatant status, they …

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We’ve been very careful every time we have to renorm it. You have to renorm over time.”

In the 1970s, when the military’s aptitude test was “misnormed,” Chu warns it “almost cost the volunteer force its future in this country.” When you’re not getting the answers you want, it’s …

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