James Wirtz


Professor and Chair of the National Security Affairs Department, Naval Postgraduate School.

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A MILITARY MAKEOVER: Transforming the Military

with Williamson Murray, James Wirtzvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, December 15, 2003

Despite overwhelming victories by our armed forces in both Afghanistan and Iraq, the United States military establishment is caught up in a major debate on the structure of the military. On one side are traditionalists who emphasize the importance of large ground forces. On the other side are reformers who want our forces to be lighter, smaller, faster, and more high-tech. What are the lessons of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq? Who's right, the traditionalists or the reformers?