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The U.S. Army Professional Writing Collection showcases articles from a variety of professional journals that focus on relevant issues affecting The Army. This micro-site seeks to stimulate innovative thinking about the challenges that may face tomorrow's Army. It is further intended that the articles featured on this site cause reflection, increased dialogue within The Army Community, and in the best case, action by Soldiers. Updated biweekly, these articles are written by Soldiers, civilians, academics, and other subject matter experts. Links to various Army publications, Department of Defense journals and selected non-governmental defense-related publications are also provided on this site.

Soldiers of the State: Reconsidering American Civil-Military Relations

Soldiers of the State: Reconsidering American Civil-Military RelationsIn American academe today the dominant view of civil-military relations is sternly critical of the military, asserting that civilian control of the military is dangerously eroded. Though tension clearly exists in the relationship, the current critique is largely inaccurate and badly overwrought. Far from overstepping its bounds, America's military operates comfortably within constitutional notions of separated powers, participating appropriately in defense and national security policymaking with due deference to the principle of civilian control. Indeed, an active and vigorous role by the military in the policy process is and always has been essential to the common defense.

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The Case for a Joint Military Decisionmaking Process

The Case for a Joint Military Decisionmaking ProcessFOLLOWING OPERATION Eagle Claw, the failed attempt to rescue U.S. Embassy hostages held by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard in 1980, Congress decided that the armed services would need help in overcoming the historic aversion to working together as joint forces. The 1986 Goldwater-Nichols Act provides a framework in law to facilitate a more joint perspective by reorganizing the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Although the services have made great strides since 1986, they still have major hurdles to overcome.


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The Education Of "A Modern Major General"

The Education Of "A Modern Major General"Over a century ago, Gilbert and Sullivan developed a caricature of a contemporary general officer of the British service in their operetta Pirates of Penzance. Almost three decades ago, Colonel Donald F. Bletz of the U.S. Army War College faculty published an article using this caricature, Major General Stanley, as a model of what should not be the typical general officer of the future. Since that future is now, it is useful to examine the factors that contribute to and influence the development of a professional military officer, particularly an officer who has achieved general or flag rank and so can be considered a strategic leader.


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America's Army: Expeditionary and Enduring --Foreign and Domestic

America's Army Expeditionary and Enduring Foreign and DomesticAS OF SUMMER 2003, a higher percentage of the total Army appears committed to active combat operations than during any period since World War II. While the Army moves to transform at a forced pace, it still defends against the most certain foreign threat the continental United States (CONUS) has faced since the War of 1812. Change is not new; it is a staple of defense. However, new combinations of requirements-quick response (expeditionary) and long-term national commitments (enduring)-require unusual solutions both overseas and in CONUS.


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June 2003 | Volume 1.1
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