An election in war time

We are only a few moments away from the opening of the 2006 political campaign season. The election could well be a strategically decisive moment. Consider the following:

• President Bush’s approval …

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The Corps should look to its small-wars past

The U.S. Marine Corps is nothing if not versatile. What explains the Corps’ talent for metamorphosis and its ability to take on so many roles and missions was summed up by Marine …

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Waters of wealth and war

The crucial Indian Ocean

Five hundred years ago, the Portuguese conquered the Indian Ocean with a dozen ships. In the 21st century, the U.S. Navy may find itself hard-pressed to maintain control …

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To Ryan Henry

Deputy undersecretary of defense and principal QDR point man, one last QDR-related bolt. Proving that the Pentagon’s leadership is still stuck in the transformational past, pre-Sept. 11, Henry presented the review’s force-shrinking …

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The war at home

Recruiters struggle to keep the Army from breaking

As the U.S. enters the third year of its war in Iraq, there is mounting concern about its impact on the health of the …

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Memoir’s of a president’s man

“I would be the only paramount authority figure — other than dictator Saddam Hussein — that most Iraqis had ever known.”

So reflected L. Paul Bremer as an Air Force C-130 began …

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Trouble below

China’s submarines pose regional, strategic challenges

For the first time since the end of the Cold War, the United States faces a resurgent submarine challenge from a state that is seeking to …

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Two out of three ain’t enough

In the November issue of AFJ, my first as editor, I promised that I would try to refrain from self-referential columns. I now have to grant myself a waiver from that pledge …

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How Marines are preparing for hybrid wars

British historian Michael Howard observed long ago that during extended eras of peace, military planners are like sailors. He meant true sailors, those who use sextants and abhor the Global Positioning System. …

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Rescue mission

The Pave Hawk helicopter has been a life-saver, but it’s no longer up to the job

The Air Force combat search-and-rescue (CSAR) force is reaching a critical juncture as the HH-60G Pave …

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