The Army is having a hard time defining its future place in U.S. national strategy. Perhaps a good place to start would be by identifying the vital roles and missions that it is uniquely positioned to execute. A partial list would include the ability to: (1) seize and secure extensive areas for indefinite periods; (2) sustain the rest of the joint force through continuous ground presence; (3) conduct protracted counter-insurgency operations; (4) root out adversaries entrenched in large urban centers; (5) train foreign security forces in all facets of land warfare; (6) support civil authorities in coping with disruptions; (7) limit escalation by providing proportional military options; and (8) deter through forward presence that conveys resolve. I have written a commentary for Forbes here.
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