Tilting at Windmills: Army Officer Education versus Training

In the timeless children's classic The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, the character of the professor is attempting to explain how there can be parallel universes to the children, but is encountering disbelief. "Bless me," he says, "It's all in Plato.  What DO they teach them in these schools?"  Similarly, one could tell …

Beware of Looking the Gift Horse in the Mouth: When the Horse is Actually a Weapon

I'm sure most of you are familiar with the old proverb, "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth." Well, I've gone and mixed my metaphors most dreadfully by combining it with, "Beware Greeks bearing gifts." Yes, I am now taking a proverb about horse teeth, mixing it with Greek history/mythology, and am going to use …

Hurtling Towards Mediocrity: The Army “Garrison” Initiative and the Death of Innovation

I will be perfectly honest (unlike a certain Senator): the inspiration for this post was spawned by a Washington Post opinion column by retired Army Lieut. Gen. David Barno. The opinion piece can be found here and I highly recommend it. Barno makes a series of excellent points concerning the so-called "end" of the thirteen years of …

Backyard Battles: Childhood, Military, and Perception

First things first: yes, I still have all my toy soldiers. There are buckets and boxes (yes, plural of both) in the basement of my parents' house, awaiting my maturity to adulthood to be given to another child. News flash: I refuse to mature. As a kid, I was obsessed with war. In the most …

On the Future of Army History: Still Lost in the Woods Looking for a Reflective Belt

I recently read a great article from Foreign Policy citing a lack of critical thinking skills on the part of U.S. Army officers, and it stated that a solution lay in a better groundwork in history. First off, anyone who's spent time working on staff at any level can agree to the lack of critical thinking. …

Unicorns At War: Leadership in the Army

This post first appeared on Medium here. It has been reposted in its entirety. A famous person once said, “No modern army has ever lost a war when they had unicorns on their side.” I have not found any empirical evidence to show that this is not the case, so the adage must be true. …

Retrograde: The Least Sexy thing in the Army

This post first appeared on Medium here. It has been reposted in its entirety. This was my first blog post. Some say that beginnings are hard to do. For beginning a war, this might seem to be the case, as the months of planning, logistical coordination, and troop movements come to fruition in the first …