Category Archives: Elements of National Power

A Supply Corps, A Marine Corps, and a Victory Corps?

A friend is conducting an inquiry into family history, and shared a screenshot of her father’s High School yearbook, from some school in St. Louis in 1944, featuring the usual batch of faces and clubs and quotes from Tennyson and … Continue reading

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Ken Burns’s Vietnam: A Closing Commentary

What I have to say won’t be as eloquent as the lives of hundreds of thousands of American men and women who returned from Vietnam and lived well. They didn’t fall into drug addiction, domestic violence, and raised families and … Continue reading

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Ken Burns’s Vietnam, Part 3

Ken Burns presents the US escalation of involvement in Vietnam as a couple living together: committed to remain uncommitted. As is the norm, whomever goes all in wins. Maybe VMI’s football team could learn a thing or two from that. … Continue reading

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Ignoring Relevant Information

Austin Bay offers this opinion on the current application of American power against Kim Jong-Un. Did you see or read any of these news stories referenced in the opinion? Or, was your newsfeed caught up in the cluck-fest of Diplomat … Continue reading

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“Axis of Adults”: Trump’s Generals

Today’s recommended reading. Not since the early days of the Ford administration has a general served as White House chief of staff—and arguably not since the presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower, himself a retired general, have senior military officers wielded … Continue reading

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Light Summer Reading: Strategy as Practiced by the Ancients

Michael Vlahos at the AmericanConservative.com reviews Graham Allison’s books Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides Trap. Allison argues that when rising powers threaten the position of established powers, the inevitable competition can lead to conflict and, eventually, … Continue reading

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Military-corporate welfare: same ole, same ole

The American Way of War is to spend a lot of money on stuff, and then prolong wars until the Defense Contractors (usually a closed circle of former flag officers, politicos, and entrepreneurs) find a new gadget and war to … Continue reading

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