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Joe Katzman directs our attention to a an excellent article at Winds of Change titled Milstuff for Dummies: Force Structure. The piece explores the transformation of the U.S. military from cold war era to current formulation, coincidentally the period of my military service - so a topic on which I've got insider knowledge. Author Tim Oren however, is a non-military type, and thus presents the information for fellow civilians, and does it well.
An outstanding introduction to the theory of operations for the current force. "Total Force" concepts (use of Guard and Reserve components as crucial elements of the US military) have been evolving steadily throughout the post-Vietnam era - through multiple administrations of both political parties. Though not addressed directly in the Winds link, recent implications that the Guard and Reserve are being (mis)used in a manner in which they were never intended are a source of great frustration to those who recognize that their current role in the war on terror is in fact exactly what they have been designed to do for at least the past two decades.
I get the impression that Winds plans to present additional efforts explaining the ongoing transformation of the US military to the citizens who "own" it, and welcome such a series.
Thanks, Greyhawk. I'll add that we have a long tradition of Guest Blogs - so if anyone out there has the experience/knowledge and is good at making it understanadable, drop by and drop me a line: joe over here @windsofchange dot netPosted by Joe Katzman at December 7, 2004 05:55 PM Hide Comments | Show/Add Comments in Popup Window(1) | (Note: You must refresh main page to view newly posted comments here)