Top Ten.

Below you’ll find a selection of what I consider to be a slice of my best work. Mind you, there’s hundreds of essays to choose from, but these are the ones I remember with a smidgin of a smile. They fall in no particular order, and, yes, there’s a few more than ten…(I’m a writer, not a counter).

Book Project

The Art of the General: How Washington, Grant, and Eisenhower Won the Wars that Mattered the Most and their Enduring Lessons for Leadership, Power, and Supreme Command in the 21st Century (forthcoming 2021).

Book – Lead Editor and Author

Winning Westeros: How Game of Thrones Explains Modern Military Conflict, eds. John Amble, Max Brooks, ML Cavanaugh, and Jaym Gates (Lincoln, NE: Potomac Books, 2019).

Strategy Strikes Back: How Star Wars Explains Modern Military Conflict, eds. John Amble, Max Brooks, ML Cavanaugh, and Jaym Gates (Lincoln, NE: Potomac Books, 2018).

Major Daily Publications

My life was saved. I paid it forward,” Los Angeles Times (October 17, 2021).

The Canadian invasion that wasn’t: 100 years ago today, our neighbor to the north almost became our aggressor,” New York Daily News (April 12, 2021).

A crooked Christmas tree for a crooked year,” Los Angeles Times (December 22, 2020).

Retired military leaders shouldn’t endorse presidential candidates. America is divided enough,” Los Angeles Times (September 23, 2020).

On the grim arithmetic of war, Gallipoli cannot be dismissed as a colossal waste,” Sydney Morning Herald (April 25, 2020).

The Military Shouldn’t Shave Its Numbers,” Wall Street Journal (October 29, 2019).

How ‘Game of Thrones’ taught us the tragedy of war,” USA Today (September 24, 2019).

Be a politician or a soldier – not both,” Los Angeles Times (August 2, 2019).

The D-day photos that must be seen,” Los Angeles Times (June 2, 2019).

The Harlem Hellfighters show that diversity is America’s advantage in both war and peace,” Los Angeles Times (February 15, 2019). [Co-written with Max Brooks]

This year, 250,000 Americans won’t be home for Christmas,” Los Angeles Times (December 24, 2018).

Can science fiction help us prepare for 21st century warfare?Los Angeles Times (May 28, 2018).

A Fallen and Forgotten Doughboy’s Legacy,Wall Street Journal (May 25, 2018).

Don’t Be Evil, Support The Troops,Wall Street Journal (April 16, 2018).

How the US ‘Goliath’ can win against its ‘David’ adversaries,Los Angeles Times (January 30, 2018).

Wanted: A marathon for the masses, to help Americans lose weight,New York Daily News (November 5, 2017).

Members of Congress serve in the military. They Shouldn’t.” Washington Post (June 2, 2017).

Their Chairs Are Empty, but We Know What Their Sacrifice Was For,” Wall Street Journal (May 26, 2017).

Why Officers Shouldn’t Vote,” New York Times (October 19, 2016). [Print title; Available online at as “I Fight for Your Right to Vote. But I Won’t Do It Myself”]

To fight Zika, deploy the National Guard,” Chicago Tribune (May 27, 2016). [Available at]

Ivy League should do more to promote ROTC,” USA Today (April 21, 2016). [Available at]

Refereed Online Publications

The Mike Flynn Problem is Actually a Profession of Arms Problem,” War On The Rocks (March 16, 2017).

A Straitjacket Strategy to Contain North Korea,” The National Interest (February 8, 2017).

To Study Modern War, There Is No Substitute for Going,” War On The Rocks (July 27, 2016).

The Soldier’s Question: Why Go Over There?,” War On The Rocks (July 15, 2016).

On the Eternal Importance of Demographics and Allies,” War On The Rocks (April 28, 2016).

A Netflix Assessment of China’s Rise and America’s Advantage,” War On The Rocks (April 20, 2016).

Soju Soldiers: KATUSAs, GIs, and the Search for the Bottom of the Bottle,” War On The Rocks (March 29, 2016).

The Way Home from ‘A War’,” War On The Rocks (February 11, 2016).

Sinking A Wrong Idea, Again,” War On The Rocks (October 5, 2015).

The Military’s Purpose is Not to Kill People and Break Things,” War On The Rocks (August 26, 2015).

The Painful Privilege: Why Deployed Soldiers Feel Like ‘The Walking Dead,’” War On The Rocks (July 30, 2015).