October 1, 2007  

In this issue

For all the frenzy over benchmarks and timelines swirling over Washington in September, one deadline is fixed — Jan. 20, 2009. When the 44th president is sworn in, a new commander in chief begins his (or her) relation¬ship with an Army and Marine Corps that will still bear considerable wartime or war-related commitments.

Our quartet of cover-story authors assesses the issues that will confront the next commander in chief. Doug Macgregor, Bob Killebrew, Seth Cropsey and David Katz bring breadth and depth to that assessment. Doug and Bob are retired Army colonels who have established respected literary careers as commentators on warfare and military reform. Seth, a regular AFJ contributor, is a former deputy undersecretary of the Navy in two adminis¬trations. And David is a former Green Beret who is now director at Luster National’s defense, security and intelligence division.

Ralph Peters, also a retired Army officer and regu¬lar AFJ author, brings a perspective direct from Iraq, where he spent the latter half of August assessing the surge progress firsthand and talking with boots-on-the-ground troops and local Iraqis.

James Unterseher, this month’s essayist, is another author with extensive military experience — 28 years in the Army, where he commanded an artillery battalion dur¬ing Operation Desert Storm. Now a vice president at BAE Systems, he makes the case that conventional artillery combined with new, precision technology has renewed the value of that most traditional weapon of warfare — the cannon.