By Thomas M. Williams, Small Wars Journal: "We say that we want Soldiers who can practice disciplined initiative, who can change the task to meet the purpose. We profess to want shared understanding and teams built on trust (more than rules). We want them to be risk tolerant."
By Andrew C. A. Jampoler, Proceedings: In 1618, in one of the trigger events of the Thirty Years War, infuriated Protestants, fearful that their right to practice their religion was under assault, threw two Catholic aristocrats and their secretary out of a third-floor window of Prague’s Hradčeny Castle to the courtyard seventy feet below. Astonishingly, some said miraculously, the trio survived the fall. The event has gone down in history as the “defenestration of Prague.” “Defenestration” seems to be an apt word to describe the recent fate of Admiral Bill Moran, U.S. Navy, who was nominated by the President in April and confirmed by the Senate in May to become the Navy’s thirty-second Chief of Naval Operations in midsummer following the retirement of the incumbent, Admiral John Richardson."
By Mark Beeson, The Strategist (ASPI): "As Mearsheimer rather mournfully concedes, ‘realism does not inspire a hopeful outlook for the future.’ Looking around today’s world, with its catalogue of ineffective institutions, rising authoritarian powers, failing democracies and international flashpoints, one can see his point."
A New Reagan Doctrine for a New Cold War
By Aaron Kliegman, The Washington Free Beacon: " In the military realm, China is determined to push American forces away from the western Pacific. The United States, which considers itself a Pacific power, is equally determined not to budge."
By Sean Parrot, Small Wars Journal: "The light reconnaissance formation is undergoing an identity crisis. As the Army begins its transition to fight the next high intensity conflict, mounted and dismounted reconnaissance units across the formation risk being left behind."
By Eoin Higgins, Foreign Affairs: "A new book looks at why the U.S. military keeps trapping itself in endless conflicts."