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Recent ILW & Torchbearer Publications Misinterpretation and Confusion: What is Mission Command and Can the U.S. Army Make it Work? by Donald E. Vandergriff (Land Warfare Paper 94, February 2013) In this Land Warfare Paper, Donald Vandergriff elucidates that when Mission Command functions ideally, once subordinates understand the intentions of their commanders they are responsible for using their creativity and initiative to adapt to changing circumstances and accomplish their missions within the guidelines of those initial intentions.
Army Study Finds Troops Suffer Concussions in Training by Joaquin Sapien , ProPublica, and Daniel Zwerdling, NPR Aug. 24, 2012, 9 a.m. Brain specialists say Army's training may make soldiers more vulnerable to head injuries on the battlefield.
Iraq War Contractor Fined for Late Reports of 30 Casualties by T. Christian Miller ProPublica, Feb. 7, 8 a.m. The Sandi Group was fined $75,000 after delaying reports to the U.S. government that more than 30 of its workers had died or been injured. Bill Introduced to Reform Workers’ Comp for Military Contractors
Let’s go on to House of War by James Carroll. This is about the Pentagon, but it’s a personal take: Carroll’s father was a general. Yes, and this gives it an intimacy which other books of this genre don’t necessarily have. He does a great job of twinning his own experiences and memories with the towering personalities of the Cold War, like Curtis LeMay. LeMay figures very heavily in my book, because he is the ultimate militarist who was also in the military.
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I wrote this a few days after it happened. I should feel different about it by now, but I don’t.
This month marks the ninth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Regardless of your views on the wisdom of that decision, it's fair to say that the results were not what most Americans expected. Now that the war is officially over and most U.S. forces have withdrawn, what lessons should Americans (and others) draw from the experience? There are many lessons that one might learn, of course, but here are my Top 10 Lessons from the Iraq War. Lesson #1: The United States lost. The first and most important lesson of Iraq war is that we didn't win in any meaningful sense of that term.
By CNN's Larry Shaughnessy
By Adam Levine
The gun and vest were provided not by al-Qaeda, as Khalifi had been told, but by undercover FBI agents who rendered them inoperable, authorities said. They said Khalifi had been the subject of a lengthy investigation and never posed a threat to the public. On Friday afternoon, he made an initial court appearance in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, where he was charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction against federal property.