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Marius and the Volunteer Army

At Cannae, in Southern Italy, the Army of the Roman Republic faced Hannibal in the 2nd Punic War.

At the time a Roman citizen could not “join” the Army; it was an honor reserved for those of property and standing.  51 more words


H107 The Military and Intellectualism

From an article defining intellectualism:

An intellectual is a person who primarily uses intelligence in either a professional or an individual capacity. As a substantive or adjective, it refers to the work product of such persons, to the so-called “life of the mind” generally, or to an aspect of something where learning, erudition, and informed and critical thinking are the focus, as in “the intellectual level of the discourse on the matter was not high”. 318 more words

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H107 American Military Leadership -- Carl or Antoine?

Jomini and Clausewitz coexist in many modern militaries. Jomini, with his emphasis on principals and application may dominate at the tactical level of war. Clausewitz, with the emphasis on ambiguity, complexity and politics tends to become more important at the more senior leadership levels. 272 more words

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H106 Clausewitz and the American Military Profession

Clausewitz is famous for his comment that war is an extension of politics by other means. This is not the definition of war, but rather the context within which war takes place. 225 more words

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Is There a Strategist in the House?

One of the reasons why the German offensive into Russia in 1941, Operation Barbarossa, failed, may have been the cultural inability of the German high command to think in terms of, and visualize strategic warfare on a global scale.  94 more words

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Mercenaries --Back to the Future?

The inability of the feudal system to provide reliable armies gave rise to cadres of mercenaries that at first supplemented the aristocratic warriors of the feudal army, and then replaced them. 173 more words

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Time for Israel to consider a volunteer army?

In a new article with Mati Wagner; we interview Israelis who support ending the draft and creating a professional army:

Check it out at Tablet… 143 more words