Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The U.S. Army Retools for "New" Threats

Story by Maj. John Alderman 
Georgia Army National Guard
Sept. 24, 2012

And so it begins.

Even as the Big Army takes a hard look at budget cuts, troop reductions, shrinking mission requirements, and evolving battlefields, the cascade of big complementary decisions has begun. How do we train? What do we train? What do we train for?

Says an article in today's Washington Post: "The new army, senior military leaders say, must become more nimble, its officers more savvy, its engagements more nuanced and almost certainly shorter. The lessons of the Arab Spring weigh heavily on war planners, with an array of threats looming in the Middle East and elsewhere. A high premium is being placed on devising the proper use of Special Forces, drones and cyber capabilities."

Perryville: High Tide in the West

Story and photos 1st Lt. William Carraway
Media Relations Officer, Public Affairs Office
Oct. 16, 2012

In August, 1862, Confederate strategic designs called for simultaneous advances of all major armies. While Gen. Robert E. Lee would move north into Maryland, Confederate forces in the west would strike for Corinth, Miss. Meanwhile, Gen.  Braxton Bragg’s Army (soon to be called the Army of Tennessee) would occupy Kentucky, strike at the Army of the Ohio, and attempt to win Kentucky for the Confederacy. With three separate armies advancing simultaneously the late summer of 1862 would mark the largest Southern offensive of the war.

Kentucky’s strategic location, rivers, and divided sympathies made it a coveted objective. The Confederate Flag bore a star for Kentucky in hopes that she would join the Confederacy. Abraham Lincoln meanwhile remarked, “I think to lose Kentucky is nearly to lose the whole game.”