July 2012 Archive

Tollkeepers and Prac Apps

In the most recent issue of Infinity Journal , retired Marine Lieutenant General Paul van Riper, of Millenium Challenge fame, wrote an excellent article on the foundation of strategic thinking. In the article, he brings up Hew Strachan’s appropriate critique of the operational level of war: that it...

AirSea Battle 2: AirSea Battler

Yesterday I was catching up on my reading when a single sentence in this recent blog post by Daniel Blumenthal at Foreign Policy’s Shadow Government blog caught my eye. Concurrently, details of a new operational concept called Air Sea Battle were released, that despite protestations to the contrary...

Get Over It! We Are Not All Created Equal

By Capt Katie Petronio Originally posted in the July 2012 issue of the Marine Corps Gazette . We reposted the article here so that our readers have yet another venue to weigh in on this hot topic. The Marine Corps Times recently published a handful of articles in regard to opening Infantry Officer...

The American Dream: Immigrants & America

President Obama’s recent announcement giving the children of illegal immigrants the opportunity to work and the reaction of the GOP made me step back and think “what makes someone an American?” Is it an accident of birth? Having a special skill? Or is it an attitude? Immigration didn’t use to be a...

Rajiv Chandrasekaran on the MAGTF in Afghanistan

This is an excerpt of a longer discussion posted at Small Wars Journal. Please go there for the rest of the interview . Rajiv Chandrasekaran of the Washington Post has been one of the most important chroniclers of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. His " Imperial Life in the Emerald City ," a searing...