Is Airpower More Important and Effective than Landpower? Two military flyers would have us believe that the Defense Department should redirect funding from the U.S. Army (a land power component of our national defense) to the Air Force and Naval aviation (an air power component of our national defense). They believe " . . . that resorting to U.S. ground forces as a military option has frequently produced costly failures that we should not be eager to repeat." They conclude, in their article, that "In the irregular wars America has actually fought, and remains likely to fight, a combined effort of airpower, special operations forces, and the intelligence community is simply a better instrument for American policymakers than conventional landpower." This article, of course, is deserving of a vigorous "Haarruuummmpphh". Read more in "Airpower May Not Win Wars, But It Sure Doesn't Lose Them", War on the Rocks, August 19, 2015.
Article - "Shedding Light on the Gray Zone: A New Approach to Human-Centric Warfare", Army Magazine, August 17, 2015. LTG Charles Cleveland (retired cdr of USASOC), and two LTCs (both with extensive SOF experience) provide us with their thoughts on the future of warfare.www.armymagazine.org/2015/08/17/shedding-light-on-the-gray-zone/
Failings of America's Military Academies. William J. Astore, a retired USAF LtCol and former academy instructor, shares his views about the U.S. military academies in "70 Years of Military Mediocrity", The Huffington Post Politcs Blog, August 18, 2015.
Backsliding in Afghanistan. One writer, Hannah Bloch, worries that we might be taken our eye off the ball in Afghanistan - and that it will soon once again be America's "forgotten war". Read more in Is Afghanistan Backsliding?, WGBH News, August 17, 2015.