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‘21st Century Sims’: How a relatively junior officer forced needed change in the Navy

When French novelist Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr uttered the immortal words, "the more things change, the more they remain the same," he probably didn't have the military in mind. However, the written works of Admiral William S. Sims, commander of United States naval forces in Europe during World War I, remind us that this dictum, in fact, often holds true in military affairs.

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Rotation policy: Iraq & Afghanistan were really the wars we fought 1 year at a time

“Many times the Vietnam was called a ten-year war fought one year at a time.... which actually wasn't true though most service members rotated through one year at a time. Units remained and had members who had served different lengths of time, with those with longest service in country able to pass on lessons learned to those just arriving. Afghanistan and Iraq, unlike Vietnam truly were long wars fought one year at a time.”

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An Australian brigadier challenges the U.S. military’s courage — on Vegemite

“Having worked with many U.S. Army (and U.S. Marine Corps) officers and soldiers over the past 15 years, I know for a fact that they are some of the most courageous people on the face of the planet. But when it comes to Vegemite, that courage seems to disappear for some reason.”

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To destroy ISIS in Iraq, start with the desired end state and work backwards

Gideon Rose’s 2010 book, How Wars End, suggests that when confronting a strategic challenge, it can be helpful to start with the desired political end state and then think backwards to determine the steps needed to get there.

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What I’m doing today

Last year, on the Friday before Memorial Day, I was robbed on the train to Brussels, losing most of valuables including my passport, wallet, and laptop.

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Know Thy Enemy, and the Future of Memorial Day

How will warfare change when we know our foes by name, face, and DNA?

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