Getting the Elephant in the Room to the Front Lines: Engineer Sustainment at JRTC

Sustainment. It’s always the elephant in the room; the thing that “warfighters” don’t want to talk about. Neglect it, however, and maneuver suddenly ceases, combat support can’t support, and the whole operation collapses. So how do we get that elephant from the brigade support area to the front lines? Let me start, right off the …

If the U.S. Army had Elephants in the Civil War

In 1862, the King of Siam offered President Lincoln war elephants for the Civil War. Lincoln politely declined. But what if he hadn't? Artist rendering of guidons and equipment of the 1st Ohio Volunteer Pachyderms, by Dr. Nyri A. Bakkalian, @riversidewings The long, low lines of white pup tents, punctuated by the larger A-frame and …

Thaddeus Kosciusko: The Polish Engineer You Never Heard of who Saved America

So, we know all about the heroes of the American Revolution, right? George Washington, John Adams, Paul Revere – OK, well, not him, he was a good silversmith, an average errand rider, and a godawful general. But odds are you probably haven’t heard of Andrzej Tadeusz Bonawentura Kosciuszko. Nor can you spell it or pronounce …

Marvel-ling at the Pentagon: Force Design in the MCU

Captain Marvel Co-Directors Anna Boden and Ryan Flack give remarks during a screening of ÒCaptain MarvelÓ in Washington, D.C., March 7, 2019. The screening was held to highlight Air Force collaboration with Disney and the inspiration behind the main characterÕs warrior ethos: Òhigher, further, faster.Ó (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rusty Frank) This …

Finding Space – Chapter One

Welcome to an experimental story I've been working on of what war in the future might look like. It will be serialized until it is complete. It was hot. Then again it always seemed hot these days. In fact, the more Ian thought about it, the more he realized that space exploration had one common …

Military Lessons Learned from the Battle of Wakanda

By Matthew Ader The world is blessed that Steve Rogers never made it past captain. The Battle of Wakanda in Avengers: Infinity War is a master class in how not to use an infantry battalion. However, from his failure, we can extract some fundamental lessons: STAY MOBILE To set the stage – Captain Rogers and …

Recruiting the Next Generation of National Guard Soldiers

Every organization wants the best talent. But how to get it? This has been the conversation within the U.S. military at large for some years now, as the economic outlook for potential recruits has gotten brighter. It is a topic that is especially dear to the Reserve Component (National Guard and Reserves) these days, as …

5 Time-Saving Tips for National Guard Company Commanders

Taking command is a big deal. For most officers, we spend all our lieutenant time with that as the goal. But taking command as a National Guard officer versus Active duty is a pretty different beast. Look, we all want to pretend it's one team, one fight, right? And - once the bullets start singing …

Are Active Duty Army Systems and Procedures Harming Reserve Component Readiness?

"It's a system that's designed for the Active Component, so we just have to work around that."Raise your hand if you're a Reserve Component (Army National Guard or Army Reserve) soldier who's heard that over the course of your career. Whether it's an online portal for accessing records or the way that we dispatch vehicles …