Landpower: The Future and Our All Volunteer Army
As we look to the future we can wonder:
- What will become of our all-volunteer Army?
- Is our shrinking Army losing power in the world?
- How much military power will be available t future Presidents?
- How do we gain stability in traditionally unstable regions of the world?
This essay surveys the evolution of the All-Volunteer Army during five distinct time periods: 1973-1980, 1980-1991, 1991-2001, 2001-2014, and 2014-future. This is an excellent review of the key events and issues that have shaped the development of today’s Army and looks to the future as our Army is once again facing an uncertain future environment.
How the Iraq War Crippled U.S. Military Power by Nate Freier
Welcome to the future. The United States is now reaping by the bushel what it painfully sowed in Iraq. Further, the kind of war Iraq became — a grinding and costly counterinsurgency, or COIN — not only resulted in rejection of future U.S. involvement in wars like it, but also in near-rejection of the necessity for robust ground forces in general. Air and sea forces weren’t immune to harm either.
Just Enough’ Military Could Limit Future Presidents’ Options by Dr. Steven Metz
Decisions being made today, then, are driving toward a U.S. military adept at short operations and standoff strikes but little else. The assumption seems to be that future presidents will only use the American armed forces that way. History suggests otherwise. The next decade’s presidents will have fewer strategic options than their forebears. The challenge will be convincing them to downgrade their strategic ambitions to reflect military limitations.
From War to Deterrence? Israel-Hezbollah Conflict Since 2006 by Dr. Jean-Loup Samaan
Over the last 7 years, the border between Israel and Lebanon has remained quiet. Against all odds, in a Middle East experiencing tremendous challenges, Israel and Hezbollah did not trigger a new conflict. To understand this paradox, the monograph explores the mechanisms of deterrence in the competition between both actors. Based on original materials, the author underlines the recent doctrinal innovations on both sides that engendered strategic stability in the area and ventures thoughts on potential evolutions in the near future.
We hope you will enjoy these insightful and thoughtful works and we always look forward to your feedback through comments to this blog, Landpower, or to me.