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Continuing to Demand More From Our Armed Forces

by Mark Moyarvia Military History in the News
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Military Times just released the results of a survey of 2,300 military personnel, in which 49 percent said that the “operational tempo” of their unit had increased during the past five years, while only 14 percent said that it had decreased.

Poster Collection, UK 2763, Hoover Institution Archives.

Money For Security Forces, Not Hostage-Takers

by Mark Moyarvia Military History in the News
Monday, December 8, 2014

Last month, the Iranian regime celebrated the 35th anniversary of the storming of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, which was followed by an abortive American rescue attempt that helped sink Jimmy Carter’s presidency.

Poster Collection, JA 108, Hoover Institution Archives.

No Time For Disunity In Afghanistan

by Mark Moyarvia Military History in the News
Thursday, December 4, 2014

This week, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani decided to fire his entire cabinet, after he and presidential runner-up Abdullah Abdullah failed to agree on a new slate of cabinet ministers. As part of the power-sharing agreement brokered by the United States in September, Abdullah Abdullah was made co-equal with Ghani in selecting the cabinet.

The Future Economic War

by Bing West via Military History in the News
Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Director of the National Security Agency said he expects a major cyberattack against the U.S. in the next decade. “It’s only a matter of the ‘when,’ not the ‘if,’” Admiral Michael Rogers said, “that we are going to see something dramatic.”

Vietnam, Iraq & Afghanistan: Different or the Same?

by Bing West via Military History in the News
Wednesday, November 12, 2014

From 1965 to 1972 in Vietnam, America fought both a conventional slugfest against North Vietnamese divisions and a counterinsurgency (COIN) campaign against guerrillas. We conducted a COIN campaign in Afghanistan from 2001 to 2014, and a COIN campaign in Iraq from 2003 to 2011.

Poster Collection, US 2706, Hoover Institution Archives.

War: Then and Now

by Bing West via Military History in the News
Monday, November 10, 2014

Once again, the American public has gotten it right; the results of the midterm elections were a protest against a lack of leadership. Americans expect to improve steadily their standard of living at home and to preserve our influence abroad. At home, eight years of sluggish growth and stagnant wages have irritated and concerned the public. Abroad, America is losing influence.

War Without Strategy

by Bing West via Military History in the News
Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Forty-three percent of voters ranked the economy as the top issue in the 2014 midterm election, versus 15% who cited foreign policy. Yet 62% said they were very concerned about terrorism, the largest percentage polled since 2007, before the war turned around in Iraq. So why is the public both concerned and yet not concerned?

 
Poster Collection, US 2706, Hoover Institution Archives.

Provocation in a Time of Uncertainty

by Colonel Eric Shirleyvia Military History in the News
Tuesday, April 8, 2014

As was widely anticipated, the 2015 defense budget proposal follows the narrative of the postwar drawdown of the U.S. Army. As Secretary of Defense Hagel rightly states, “The world is growing more volatile, more unpredictable, and in some instances more threatening to the United States.” 

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Wars, terrorism, and revolution are the daily fare of our globalized world, interconnected by instantaneous electronic news.

Military History in the News is a weekly column from the Hoover Institution that reflects on how the study of the past alone allows us to make sense of the often baffling daily violence, not by offering exact parallels from history, but rather by providing contexts of similarity and difference that foster perspective and insight—and reassurance that nothing is ever quite new.