Reforms don’t go far enough
Ordered to reduce spending by $487 billion over the next decade, the Defense Department responded with a 2013 budget proposal that would lower end strength, kill acquisition programs and...
By COL. KARL H. GINGRICH
Curing military health care
From 2000 to 2010, the Defense Department’s health care costs rose from $17.8 billion to $43.5 billion — growing more than twice as fast as economywide medical inflation. As a...
By BRITTANY GREGERSON
To the Air Force for a drawdown plan that cuts too heavily into the Air National Guard and Reserve.
Women in combat
To the Marine Corps for its four-pronged look at the feasibility of opening more ground combat jobs to women.
To Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and the rest of the Pentagon budgeteers, who are at last taking steps to bring DoD’s health care spending under control.
In this Issue: May 2012
DoD’s annual spending is coming down, but the share spent on military compensation is not. Thanks largely to policies set by Congress, the amount the Pentagon spends on pay, health...
Don’t promote mediocrity
Today’s best junior officers, those with high talent and a strong calling to service, should become the admirals and generals who testify before Congress and serve as Joint Chiefs in...
By Brig. Gen. Mark C. Arnold
The ‘Ocean’s 11’ of cyber strikes
There is perhaps no contemporary security policy issue that is as important, but so poorly understood, as cybersecurity. A major part of the problem is a simple lack of familiarity with the...
By P.W. Singer
The case for a stealthy airlifter
As the Defense Department anticipates the changing face of warfare over the next several decades, the special operations community must ask itself what single event could surface that would...
By Col. Lewis E. Jordan Jr.
The recent article by Lt. Col. Daniel Davis (“Truth, Lies and Afghanistan,” February), as well as Douglas Wissing’s article in Foreign Policy (“The Juice Ain’t...
Air-Sea Battle: Clearing the Fog
Recent articles about Air-Sea Battle reflect misperceptions about this new operational concept. These may have been fostered by the fact that portions of the concept document are classified....
By Capt. Philip DuPree, USN and Col. Jordan Thomas, USAF
Secret weapons & cyberwar
or most people, the phrase “secret weapon” usually brings to mind some state-of-the-art gadget that wowed them in the last James Bond movie. In fact, the United States and other...
By Ravi R. Hichkad and Christopher J. Bowie
Stay the course in Afghanistan
The war in Afghanistan has hit a new low. Despite lots of measurable progress — in territory controlled, the growth of the Afghan security forces, the number of Taliban mid-level...
By JOSEPH J. COLLINS