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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Issue 24

Are carrier groups, traditional fighter wings, and infantry divisions anachronistic or will they remain timeless assets in both conventional and unconventional warfare of the future?
Background Essay
Background Essay

Straying Away From Strength In Numbers

by Thomas Donnellyvia Strategika
Tuesday, June 16, 2015

“God is on the side of the big battalions.” The historical record is opaque about whether it was Napoleon, Turenne, Voltaire, or indeed any identifiable Frenchman who made that statement, but, in this age of supposedly post-industrial warfare, He has apparently changed His mind. Equipped with an iPhone and GPS-guided munitions, God has broken the phalanx, emptied the battlefield, and super-empowered the individual. Mass—particularly the large military formations of the modern era: infantry divisions and corps, aircraft carrier battle groups, tactical air wings—has gone out of style.

Podcast: Strategika: “A History of Violence: The Changing Face Of Warfare,” With Thomas Donnelly
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Poster Collection, UK 2771a, Hoover Institution Archives.
Featured Commentary

Even With Technological Change, Some Things Never Change

by Max Bootvia Strategika
Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The world’s militaries—and especially the most advanced military in the world, that of the United States—are now caught in the vortex of technological change.

Poster Collection, UK 2779, Hoover Institution Archives.
Featured Commentary

Are Carrier Groups, Fighter Wings, And Infantry Divisions Anachronistic In Future Warfare?

by Bing West via Strategika
Tuesday, June 16, 2015

This question, posed by Hoover’s editors, is simply answered: America’s military structure does not need a radical revision. Its traditional assets like carriers and divisions are sound in concept. Indeed, the Pentagon adjusts remarkably. Consider that in 1979, alarmed by Russia’s invasion of Afghanistan, the Pentagon organized the “Rapid Deployment Force” that morphed into the U.S. Central Command in 1981.

Podcast: Strategika: “The Relentless Innovators: The Military’s Culture of Excellence” with Bing West
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E.g., 6 / 29 / 2015
Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Issue 24

Are carrier groups, traditional fighter wings, and infantry divisions anachronistic or will they remain timeless assets in both conventional and unconventional warfare of the future?

Background Essay

by Thomas Donnelly Tuesday, June 16, 2015
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by Max Boot Tuesday, June 16, 2015
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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Issue 23

Will NATO survive as a credible alliance - and should it?

Background Essay

by Peter R. Mansoor Tuesday, May 12, 2015
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by Josef Joffe Tuesday, May 12, 2015
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by Ken Jowitt Tuesday, May 12, 2015
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by Ralph Peters Tuesday, May 12, 2015
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Issue 22

How will new gas and oil production affect, if at all, America’s military and geostrategic role abroad?

Background Essay

by Williamson Murray Wednesday, March 25, 2015
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by Kori Schake Thursday, March 26, 2015
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by Victor Davis Hanson Monday, March 30, 2015
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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Issue 21

What additional future steps should the United States and Europe take, if any at all, to counter Russian ambitions?

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by Victor Davis Hanson Thursday, February 26, 2015
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by Paul R. Gregory Wednesday, February 18, 2015
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by Max Boot Wednesday, February 18, 2015
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by Williamson Murray Wednesday, February 18, 2015
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by Ralph Peters Wednesday, February 18, 2015
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by Barry Strauss Wednesday, February 18, 2015
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Poster Collection, UK 2779, Hoover Institution Archives.

Strategika: “The Relentless Innovators: The Military’s Culture of Excellence” with Bing West

interview with Bing West via Strategika
Thursday, June 25, 2015

How the United States military continues to adapt to new international threats.

Strategika: “A History of Violence: The Changing Face Of Warfare,” With Thomas Donnelly

interview with Thomas Donnellyvia Strategika
Thursday, June 25, 2015

How the West was seduced by the prospect of replacing soldiers with technology.

Poster Collection, UK 2771a, Hoover Institution Archives.
Featured Commentary

Even With Technological Change, Some Things Never Change

by Max Bootvia Strategika
Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The world’s militaries—and especially the most advanced military in the world, that of the United States—are now caught in the vortex of technological change.

Poster Collection, UK 2771a, Hoover Institution Archives.
Related Commentary

Possessing Sea And Land

by Williamson Murrayvia Strategika
Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Only those who are ignorant of military history and strategy can argue that the changes in technology and the international environment have marginalized conventional capabilities.

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The Perils Of Downsizing

by Mark Moyarvia Strategika
Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The current downward trends in fighter wings and conventional ground forces are likely to continue, given the ongoing shrinkage of the defense budget, and carrier groups appear to be headed in the same direction. 

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How Not To Be Prepared

by Frederick W. Kaganvia Strategika
Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The U.S. Army is on course to an active-duty strength of 420,000 if sequestration returns as scheduled in 2016. This force size, down from 545,000 at the end of the Iraq War, would be the lowest since the Interwar Period.

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Evolving Our Way To 20YY

by Thomas Donnellyvia Strategika
Tuesday, June 16, 2015

In their January 2014 monograph published by The Center for a New American Security, 20YY: Preparing for War in the Robotic Age, Robert Work, now deputy secretary of defense, and Shawn Brimley argue—not to put too fine a point on it—that the United States military needs to drop what it’s doing now and “conceptualize how a maturing guided munitions-battle network regime and advances in technologies driven primarily by the civilian sector may coalesce and combine in ways that could spark a new military-technical revolution.”

Poster Collection, UK 2771a, Hoover Institution Archives.
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National Insecurity

by Max Bootvia Strategika
Tuesday, June 16, 2015

It is inevitable that U.S. naval, air, and ground strength will be downsized in the years ahead.

Poster Collection, UK 2779, Hoover Institution Archives.
Featured Commentary

Are Carrier Groups, Fighter Wings, And Infantry Divisions Anachronistic In Future Warfare?

by Bing West via Strategika
Tuesday, June 16, 2015

This question, posed by Hoover’s editors, is simply answered: America’s military structure does not need a radical revision. Its traditional assets like carriers and divisions are sound in concept. Indeed, the Pentagon adjusts remarkably. Consider that in 1979, alarmed by Russia’s invasion of Afghanistan, the Pentagon organized the “Rapid Deployment Force” that morphed into the U.S. Central Command in 1981.

Podcast: Strategika: “The Relentless Innovators: The Military’s Culture of Excellence” with Bing West
Background Essay

Straying Away From Strength In Numbers

by Thomas Donnellyvia Strategika
Tuesday, June 16, 2015

“God is on the side of the big battalions.” The historical record is opaque about whether it was Napoleon, Turenne, Voltaire, or indeed any identifiable Frenchman who made that statement, but, in this age of supposedly post-industrial warfare, He has apparently changed His mind. Equipped with an iPhone and GPS-guided munitions, God has broken the phalanx, emptied the battlefield, and super-empowered the individual. Mass—particularly the large military formations of the modern era: infantry divisions and corps, aircraft carrier battle groups, tactical air wings—has gone out of style.

Podcast: Strategika: “A History of Violence: The Changing Face Of Warfare,” With Thomas Donnelly

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