Combined Arms Breaching: From Helm’s Deep to Mosul

“I approve of all methods of attacking provided they are directed at the point where the enemy’s army is weakest and where the terrain favors them the least.” - Frederick the Great The Battle for Mosul is now just about one month old, as Iraqi Security Forces - bolstered by Coalition air and artillery support … Continue reading Combined Arms Breaching: From Helm’s Deep to Mosul

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Warfighter: Middle Earth

When I think of the six warfighting functions I always think of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. What, you don't? Let’s be honest, one does not immediately think of fantasy or science fiction when conversations turn to Army doctrine. Most vignettes that are used to make the subject understandable to the lowly minds of … Continue reading Warfighter: Middle Earth

Ballad of a Young Staff Officer

One Friday night, dark and dreary, At my desk I slumped, weak and weary. A late-night tasker, come my way, Too “urgent” to wait just one more day. “See here, LT,” the S-3 had said, “This suspense can’t wait, don’t mark as read, “Write WARNO, write FRAGO, pen the order, And ensure your slides have … Continue reading Ballad of a Young Staff Officer

A Sultry Doctrinal Operation

  WARNING! Rated D for Doctrine: Not to be read by those weak of heart, who have nightmares about Joint Publications, or who are deployed and operating under General Order 1. Scene: A dimly lit Tactical Operations Center inside the Combined Operations Center, or COC. The low glow of computer monitors casts a romantic hue … Continue reading A Sultry Doctrinal Operation

Military Graphics: What they SHOULD Mean

I know you all are like me; you get excited when new doctrine gets released. Giddy, even. So I know that when the Army released Army Doctrine Reference Publication (ADRP) 1-02 Terms and Military Symbols you immediately downloaded the whole thing and had a good read. Or not. One thing always strikes me when going through this … Continue reading Military Graphics: What they SHOULD Mean

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 … Continue reading Tilting at Windmills: Army Officer Education versus Training