The History of the Military Knife Hand

  There are many iconic images in U.S. military history: Washington crossing the Delaware, the surrender at Appomattox, troops landing on Omaha Beach, to name a few. But few paintings or photographs have managed to capture one of the most significant weapons in the U.S. arsenal: the knife hand. Able to cleave the air with a … Continue reading The History of the Military Knife Hand

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We Need a Universal Veteran Symbol for America’s Recent Conflicts

When World War II came to a close in 1945, about 13 million service members began the transition into civilian life. Some had been in uniform for the whole four years; some, for just a few months. Some had served overseas; some had served at home. Many had been in terrible combat; many more had never … Continue reading We Need a Universal Veteran Symbol for America’s Recent Conflicts

Impenetrable Terrain – Isn’t

There's one of those old pithy military sayings that is so old that it has been attributed to everyone and no one: "Friendly fire - isn't." I'd like to paraphrase that regarding military terrain: "Impenetrable terrain - isn't." Terrain is one of those features of military history and analysis that I feel never gets its … Continue reading Impenetrable Terrain – Isn’t

Guest Post: LARPing for Leader Development

By Mike Denny You don’t have to be a Level 20 dungeon master to enjoy dressing up on Halloween and getting into character. For non-nerds, LARPing is Live Action Role Playing, which typically describes people getting into character to create fantasyland environments (e.g. Lord of the Rings), but it can encompass the whole realm of … Continue reading Guest Post: LARPing for Leader Development

How Experience in WWI brought the U.S. Army to Victory in WWII

We’re in the early months of the centennial of U.S. participation in World War I, the so-called, “War to end all wars.” With the vantage of 20/20 hindsight, we now know that rather than “making the world safe for democracy,” as Woodrow Wilson hoped, World War I instead set the stage for the next round … Continue reading How Experience in WWI brought the U.S. Army to Victory in WWII

Hashtag 6: the Social Media Wars

In the future, will wars be fought with non-conventional means? Will engines designed for bringing people together and opening lines of communication be used for destruction instead? Some might say that they already are - all we need to do now is to militarize them. Like this. “Sir, we’ve got enemy movement, possibly up to … Continue reading Hashtag 6: the Social Media Wars

Why 1866 Set the Stage for Two World Wars

When some search for the roots of the First World War, there is a tendency to look towards the Balkans. After all, it was the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in Sarajevo in 1914 that precipitated the kick-off of the greatest and most deadly bar-brawl in the history of the … Continue reading Why 1866 Set the Stage for Two World Wars

A Short History of the Militia in the United States

The idea of a militia - that is, groups of armed citizens that enter military service in time of need - has a long and contentious history in the United States. The idea of what constitutes the militia under the Constitution is has stirred up a lot of debate these past few years, and was … Continue reading A Short History of the Militia in the United States

The U.S. Military Photo Scandal: Whose Fault is It?

In case you haven’t noticed, sexual harassment and assault in the military is back in the news. This time, Marines and retired Marines have been caught sharing nude photos of women Marines inside a closed Facebook group. These photos were either shared or taken without consent. But that was merely the beginning. Digging deeper, investigators … Continue reading The U.S. Military Photo Scandal: Whose Fault is It?

Guest Post: It Takes A Leader: Successful Integration of Combat Arms

Today’s guest post comes from Barefoot Boomer. Boomer is a career Army officer and strategist. He is also a historian with an emphasis in American and German military history.  The content and opinions of this article are the author’s only and do not reflect the opinions of the United States Army or the Department of Defense. Prologue:  … Continue reading Guest Post: It Takes A Leader: Successful Integration of Combat Arms