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The Secret Brilliance of "You go to war with the Army you have..."

“You go to war with the Army you have, not the Army you might want or wish you had at a later time.”

That infamous quote by former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, absent of the context in which it was spoken, is actually brilliant in its simplicity and reflects the reality of modern combat, or really, modern combat logistics.

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Going to the "Dark Place": The Role of Hate in War

I almost missed this post at Kings of War from last week on the role of “hate” in war. It starts off with a simple assertion from an officer: 521 more words


Chow, Mail, and Wi-Fi: Pillars of Modern Soldier Morale

The other day I was having a conversation with another solider about morale, as soldiers tend to do half-way through a deployment. We were having a back-and-forth on the pros and cons of adopting different policies “for the sake of morale.” At some point, I brought up the ancient “three pillars of soldier morale”: chow, mail, and free time. 754 more words


Peace-time Soldiers

Scarcely would anyone associate soldiers with peace…except on a second thought. Yet soldiers are more about peace than war. This is certainly not about the once-popular political soldiering and coup d’etat. 230 more words

A Better You

In the Army, you can't call in sick

I’m feeling a bit under the weather, which inspired the writing of this.

One of the stranger features of military life is the fact that, unlike most civilian jobs, you can’t call in sick. 531 more words


Polemical Poetry IX: Soldier's Soldier

Michael Murry

As I believe either Barbara Tuchman or Frances FitzGerald wrote about Vietnam: once a war has gone on for more than a couple of years it can only repeat itself indefinitely. 644 more words