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“In war, the chief incalculable is the human will.”
Technological advances provided US forces with an asymmetric advantage and contributed significantly to American victories, most notably Operation Desert Storm. The “Big Five” provided ground forces with overwhelming firepower while Global Positioning System navigation provided precision for maneuvering on the battlefield. Through technological superiority, Army forces can provide national leaders with additional options, capture the initiative rapidly, and create multiple dilemmas for an adversary on the battlefield. However, technological superiority on its own, does not [View Full...]
In the first of our two article series, last week’s professional reading by Brigadier General (Retired) Rickey Rife examined the character traits, institutional values, and personality preferences of the Department of State and Department of Defense and the challenges of converging political and military capabilities in the pre-9-11 era. In this week’s follow-up article, MAJ Bryan Groves from the Arthur D. Simons Center for Interagency Cooperation, provides an interesting perspective as he explores how differences in risk aversion and resources are the causal factors for the similarities and differences between DoS and DoD. This more contemporary piece reinforces the differences between the two departments but provides us with the opportunity to [View Full...]
Responding to crises, addressing the drivers of conflict, and achieving sustainable political outcomes require the application of all elements of national power (diplomatic, information, military, economic, financial, intelligence, and law enforcement). Projecting national power requires military leaders to synchronize and integrate the capabilities and efforts of multiple partners to ensure unity of effort and accomplish missions across the range of military operations. In this first of two weekly readings, Brigadier General (Retired) Rickey Rife writes on the challenges of converging political and military capabilities in the pre-9-11 era. Next week’s subsequent professional reading by Bryan Groves from the Arthur D. Simons Center for Interag [View Full...]