There’s a saying that when war comes, the first casualty is truth. When peace comes, the first casualty usually is the U.S. Army. Whether it is fighting in Anbar Province or on Capitol Hill, somehow the Army always manages to take the most casualties. Which is one reason why, of all the services, the Army is least likely to be ready for the next war. In addition to an indifferent political culture that fails to adequately fund readiness and modernization, the Army will also be hobbled by under-utilization of its invaluable reserve component, lagging cultural and linguistic skills, and a bureaucratic propensity for stifling imagination about future challenges. I have written a commentary for Forbes here.
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