War Council Earns West Point Apgar Award for Excellence in Teaching

Link to West Point Center for Faculty Excellence Apgar Award information. I’m very excited to announce that yesterday, at an academic luncheon hosted by the West Point Center for Faculty Excellence, the War Council project won the Apgar Award for Excellence in Teaching.  Starting in 1997, the award was established to “recognize, encourage, and reward faculty members at…

Epic Landpower Fail: Lack of Strategic Understanding

Image courtesy of Life Magazine and Flikr user Vietnam History in Pictures.   The US Army will not be very successful in the coming operating environment unless it develops a sense of strategic understanding in its officers (and senior noncommissioned officers).  For the purposes of this essay, strategic understanding is defined here as: awareness, comprehension, and…

Links: Best Defense Essay Contest & Reader Riposte

Image courtesy of ForeignPolicy.com. Great thanks to Tom Ricks & his Best Defense blog for allowing me the privilege of entry into his “Future of War” essay context.  What follows is a sample, and the rest can be found here. “Though New America is doing great service by leading some much-needed public discussion, the “Future of War” project…

Conceptualizing Strategic Landpower

Relative landpower roles in terms of space, time, and strategic effect. The Strategic Landpower Task Force is an initiative designed to integrate the individual landpower roles of the Army, Marine Corps, and Special Operations community. Last October, the relevant leadership released a jointly-signed “white paper,” promising to work together to generate commonly held principles to…

Balancing the Search for Truth with Obedience – Where the Profession of Arms (Often) Fails

Images courtesy of the Royal Society (L) and Zazzle (R). Friday’s Last Word – Pull Pin, Throw Grenade, Run Away: A provocative thought to kick off the weekend… In war, as in the Profession of Arms, two major concepts often collide – the search for truth – and obedience.  George Orwell wrote about this indirectly in 1946,…