COIN’S Real debate
I agree with very much of what Nadia Schadlow has written [“A False Dichotomy,” September AFJ]. The COIN versus “high-intensity only” choice is a great academic...
F-35B’s true mission
Lt. Cmdr. Perry Solomon, [“Hovering at a precipice”, July/Aug AFJ] missed the mark in his criticism of the Marine Corps’ all-in selection of the F-35B STOVL as being...
In “Robot Revolution,” [July/Aug AFJ] Col. Christopher Carlile and Lt. Col. Glenn Rizzi write, “The bad autonomy is the type where robotics begins to make life-or-death...
A post-petroleum era
To guarantee that we can fuel the armed forces for tomorrow’s challenges, the Defense Department must design a strategy now to ensure that it can operate all of its systems on...
BY JOHN NAGL AND CHRISTINE PARTHEMORE
The nuclear option
America consumes more than 20 percent of the world’s oil, but has less than 2 percent of the world’s oil reserves. The Defense Department spends approximately $20 billion —...
BY LT. COL. GLEN BUTLER AND COL. ROBERT D. RICE
When we first took to the air, it wasn’t to attack, it was to gather. It was to find. Both the Union and Confederate armies used balloons for reconnaissance during our Civil War.
BY LT. GEN. DAVID A. DEPTULA (RET.)
No way forward
If councils of war can breed timidity, councils of scholars and pundits can generate fog. The unofficial Afghanistan Study Group brought together a group of great Americans for deep...
By JOSEPH J. COLLINS
Updating close-air support
When Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal took command of Afghanistan, one of his first orders severely restricted the use of fixed-wing strike assets in support of combat operations. The newly...
BY LT. COL PAUL DARLING AND LT. JUSTIN LAWLOR
Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ decision to close down Joint Forces Command is certainly not a done deal — yet. The secretary, who is an old hand at these kinds of things, knows...
By COL. BOB KILLEBREW (ret.)
In this issue
An army might march on its stomach, but it moves on fossil fuels.
Much of the U.S. government’s approach to dealing with Afghan President Hamid Karzai has been uneven, often moving between periods of cooperation and confrontation to attempts to work...
BY DAN GREEN
Don’t make it worse
TO THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION for its confused and confusing response to court actions overturning “don’t ask, don’t tell.”
An ally diminished
TO THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT for proposing defense spending cuts that send ominous signals to its coalition partners. The White House, Pentagon and State Department rushed to put an optimistic...
TO THE AIR FORCE for spending $400,000 and taking eight months to come up with a new motto that’s really just two recruiting slogans slapped together.
Forum pick: From our online discussion boards
This is one of the most incisive essays I’ve seen in the past decade and on a topic that has vast consequences: The institutionalized deference to seniors. My experience is that they...