Unloved aerial vehicles
In early 2011, then-Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned that the Air Force, which had bowed to pressure to fly more unmanned aircraft, might revert to its Cold War-era focus on manned...
By Lt. Col. Lawrence Spinetta and M.L. Cummings
Help troops save
It is military leaders’ responsibility to take care of their troops, and that includes setting them up for success when they leave. Many of today’s veterans struggle to...
By Maj. Stephen C. Flanagan, Maj. Nicholas Mumm and Capt. Paul Thomas
Understanding the CIA
Since President Harry S. Truman created the CIA with the signing of the National Security Act in 1947, the agency and the Defense Department have worked together toward a common goal of...
By Lt. Col. John D. Johnson
The cyber terror bogeyman
About 31,300. That is roughly the number of magazine and journal articles written so far that discuss the phenomenon of cyber terrorism.
By P.W. SINGER
Back to basics
Nearly two years into the Army Profession campaign, this systematic effort to identify and promote key principles has assessed the service’s strengths and weaknesses, identified things...
By Charles Allen
Don’t box in the red team
Red teaming is a white light that takes on various characteristics as it shines through the prism of different organizations. Some teams focus on physical intrusions, while others strive for...
By Lt. Col. Brendan S. Mulvaney
Current U.S. security policy and the “strategic pivot” toward Asia are rooted in the premise that China’s rise to economic and military power threatens U.S security. This...
By Col. John A. Mauk
In this issue
Dissent is always difficult, yet history is rife with examples of people who spoke out against consensus and saved the day. In a military context, dissent is especially tricky. Good...
To the Marine Corps for requiring all new sergeants to get culture-and-language training.
To the Air Force for attempting to return to the thrilling days of yesteryear, when manned jets ruled the skies.
To Defense secretary Leon Panetta for establishing a baseline cybersecurity doctrine for the U.S. military and for simultaneously pressing Congress to do its part to shape national policy on...