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  • The History of Deterrence and Its Current Decline

    by Andrew F. Krepinevich, Jr.

    Since WWII, the United States has put deterrence at the core of its defense strategy. Now technological and geographical changes might change that. 



  • Autopilot Wars

    by Andrew J. Bacevich

    Sixteen Years, But Who’s Counting?



  • The Hazards of Military Worship

    by Major Danny Sjursen

    Everyone loves the troops and their generals, but history indicates that military advice isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.



  • How We Got Here

    by Danny Sjursen

    The Misuse of American Military Power and The Middle East in Chaos


  • How Military Service Changes You

    by Vaughn Davis Bornet

    “Military service had its effect on me, that’s for sure. Over time, if you join up, it will almost inevitably have an easily noticeable effect on your perceptions of reality.”



  • America's New Military Mystique

    by Nan Levinson

    We embrace the idea of an all-powerful military because at a time when the world seems such a fragile and hostile place, if even our military won’t keep us safe, who will?



  • The Tragedy of the American Military

    by James Fallows

    " [The] reverent but disengaged attitude toward the military—we love the troops, but we’d rather not think about them—has become so familiar that we assume it is the American norm. But it is not."



  • Karl W. Eikenberry and David M. Kennedy: Americans and Their Military, Drifting Apart

    Karl W. Eikenberry, a retired Army lieutenant general, was the United States commander in Afghanistan from 2005 to 2007 and the ambassador there from 2009 to 2011. He is a fellow at Stanford, where David M. Kennedy is an emeritus professor of history. They are, respectively, a contributor to and the editor of “The Modern American Military.”STANFORD, Calif. — AFTER fighting two wars in nearly 12 years, the United States military is at a turning point. So are the American people. The armed forces must rethink their mission. Though the nation has entered an era of fiscal constraint, and though President Obama last week effectively declared an end to the “global war on terror” that began on Sept. 11, 2001, the military remains determined to increase the gap between its war-fighting capabilities and those of any potential enemies. But the greatest challenge to our military is not from a foreign enemy — it’s the widening gap between the American people and their armed forces.