The Fighter

New York Times Magazine – C.J. Chivers writes that the Marine Corps taught Sam Siatta how to shoot. The war in Afghanistan
taught him how to kill. Nobody taught him how to come home.

Will Trump Break the Special Forces?

The Atlantic – The president-elect’s plans to defeat ISIS will rely heavily on elite soldiers already on the verge of burnout.

Army Explores Anti-Ship Howitzers & Anti-Air Strykers

Breaking Defense – New threats from Russia and China mean the Army must take on new missions — but it’s got almost no new money so the Army is looking at ways to modify existing systems to do some radically new things. So imagine howitzers firing precision-guided cannon shells to shoot cruise missiles out of the sky or to sink ships on the South China Sea.

Reshape US Army, Asian Alliances To Deter China

Breaking Defense – The US Army must play a larger role in the Pacific to deter China, one of DC’s leading defense experts is telling Congress today. That larger role requires politically and fiscally difficult decisions to build new kinds of units and base them in new places. The core of Krepinevich’s vision: Army missile batteries — for anti-air, anti-ship, missile defense, and long-range strike — regularly deploying to, or even permanently based in, West Pacific nations.

Ground Warfare – In The Crosshairs

New Yorker – Chris Kyle, a decorated sniper, tried to help a troubled veteran. The result was tragic. Another look at the long shadow of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Ground Warfare – Last Marine Standing: A Life Tormented by Survival

Wall Street Journal – Many troops have lost a close friend in combat. Travis Williams lost them all. Marine Lance Cpl. Williams is the sole survivor of his 12-man squad. His comrades were wiped out by a roadside bomb in Iraq, leaving him physically unharmed but with psychological wounds that remain unhealed seven years later…Cases like that of Lance Cpl. Williams might constitute a different kind of mental injury from war, some clinicians are concluding, one that falls into less-understood categories of “traumatic loss” and “moral injury.”

Ground Warfare – The Guerilla Myth

Wall Street Journal – Unconventional wars are our most pressing national security concern. They’re also the most ancient form of war in the world. Max Boot on the lessons of insurgency we seem unable to learn.

Ground Warfare – Invisible, Inc.

The Atlantic – In the camouflage industry, deception is an artful science. Got an army you need to hide? With more than a million soldiers in a dozen countries wearing his camouflage patterns, Guy Cramer is now hoping to change how the Pentagon dresses. Inside the evolving science of concealment.

Ground Warfare – A Beast in the Heart of Every Fighting Man

New York Times Magazine – The case against American soldiers accused of murdering Afghan civilians turns on the idea of a rogue unit. But what if the killings are a symptom of a deeper problem?

Ground Warfare – The Gun

Esquire – It is perhaps the most potent question to echo from the cold war: Who lost Vietnam? Well, there were certainly many factors, but an important new book forces us to consider this: For the first time in human history, a poorly trained peasant army humbled a great power with the gun its fighters carried in their hands. This is the story of that gun, and of the scandalous way that Washington responded to it. An exclusive adaptation from CJ Chiver’s new book on the AK-47.

Ground Warfare – From Russia With Blood

Foreign Policy – C.J. Chivers talks with Foreign Policy about the Kalashnikov, the world’s real weapon of mass destruction.

Ground Warfare – Military reckons with the mental wounds of war

Washington PostMilitary reckons with the mental wounds of war

Senior commanders have reached a turning point. After nine years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq, they are beginning to recognize age-old legacies of the battlefield – once known as shellshock or battle fatigue – as combat wounds, not signs of weakness.

Ground Warfare – Getting Inside their Heads

US Naval Institute ProceedingsGetting Inside their Heads

Mounting psychological and behavioral problems are a growing concern for the military as the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq enter their ninth year.

Ground Warfare – The Last Tour

New Yorker – A decorated marineís war within. Another look at post traumatic stress disorder.
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Ground Warfare – Scions of the Surge

Newsweek – Five years on, the war is transforming the American officer corps.
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Ground Warfare – Challenging the Generals

New York Times Magazine – Americaís junior officers are fighting the war on the ground in Iraq, and the experience is making a number of them lose faith in their superiors.
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Ground Warfare – How I Spent the War

New Yorker – Nobel laureate Gunter Grass reflects on how he spent World War II – with the Waffen SS.
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Ground Warfare – The Women's War

New York Times Magazine – Many female soldiers have lived through the terrible violence of the war in Iraq. Others have experienced sexual assault – or worse, a combination of the two. They have found themselves struggling to cope with their lives.
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Ground Warfare – Iraq's Mercenary King

Vanity Fair – As a former C.I.A. agent, the author Robert Baer knows how mercenaries work: in the shadows. But how did a notorious former British officer, Tim Spicer, come to coordinate the second-largest army in Iraq – the tens of thousands of private security contractors?
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Ground Warfare – Be More Than You Can Be

Wired – Heat-resistant. Cold-proof. Tireless. Tomorrowís soldiers are just like todayís – only better. Inside the Pentagonís human enhancement project.
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Ground Warfare – The Making, and Unmaking, of a Child Soldier

New York Times Magazine – One boyís tortuous entanglement in an African civil war.
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Ground Warfare – Soldiers Face Neglect, Frustration At Army's Top Medical Facility

Washington Post – An interesting look at what happens to wounded Soldiers and Marines who get their care at Walter Reed.

Washington PostThe Hotel Aftermath.
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Ground Warfare – Weapon Of Mass Destruction

Washington Post – The AK-47 has become the world’s most prolific and effective combat weapon, a device so cheap and simple that it can be bought in many countries for less than the cost of a live chicken.
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Ground Warfare – We must remember them all

Daily Telegraph – Are battlefield conditions worse for the modern soldier, or are today’s veterans not as tough as their predecessors? To mark Remembrance Day, The Daily Telegraph has assembled a unique panel of veterans with experience of all the major conflicts over the past 65 years.

Daily TelegraphThe veterans.
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Ground Warfare – The War on Terror

Wired – Shell-shocked troops are coming back from Iraq with snakes in their heads. A new virtual reality treatment offers hope for vets.
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