"Generals Versus The President: Eisenhower and the Army, 1953-1955" was required reading when I attended the U.S. Army War College. The document is valuable both as a look at civil-military relations and how a vision of national security is implemented within the U.S. Armed Services. You can download the PDF by clicking here.
If you have never read “National Security Council Report, NSC 68, United States Objectives and Programs for National Security,” April 14, 1950, you should. And, if someone invokes NSC 68 during a conversation, you should ask them if they have actually read it or if they are parroting an interpretation of it. You can download … Continue reading NSC 68
This article does an outstanding job in categorizing national interests and describing their intensity level. This article is extremely useful as a basis for group discussion to make sure everyone is speaking the same language.
I recently reached out to Matt Cavanaugh to get a copy of this excellent reference he did for the War Council as while I had it in paper I didn't have it as a PDF. Print it, put it into a document protector, hang it in your cubicle, and don't forget these precepts when thinking … Continue reading 300 Word Strategic Education By Matt Cavanaugh
I am attaching this PDF as I think it is valuable enough to share.
I have downloaded this PDF copy of Edward N. Luttwak's article "Give War a Chance," which was published in the July / August 1999 edition of Foreign Affairs, at least two dozen times over the years. I think it is now time to store it here for future use. You can download the article by … Continue reading Give War a Chance by Edward N. Luttwak
For the first time, I am publishing the work of others on my personal website. My good friend Melissa Blake wrote her thesis for Johns Hopkins University looking at why America claims to go to war and where these claims intersect with why Baron De Jomini believed countries go to war (see below). In 2017, … Continue reading Policy of War: American Armed Conflict and Baron De Jomini