civil-military relationship

The danger of tactical thinking in times of strategic change*

*Moderator’s Note: This article was published previously as the editorial in the Spring 2011 issue of Canadian Naval Review (Vol. 7, No. 1), pp. 2-3. This article is rededicated to Dr. Peter Aucoin, colleague, mentor and friend, who passed away after it was first printed in Canadian Naval Review. “Change […]


Swarming Tactics

Retired British General Sir Michael Rose believes that the Iraq War has, among other things, “destroyed the trust between civilian society and its armed forces.” Specific to the Royal Navy, Rose said “the Navy is no longer fit for modern warfare” and “the captured sailors and marines displayed a woeful […]


The ‘Yingling’ Thesis

While I like the line of the LCol. Paul Yingling’s logic (and admire his courage), I think that his article on leadership in Armed Forces Journal is lacking in strategic context. At the same time as the Vietnam War, the ‘West’ was engaged in an eyeball-to-eyeball military standoff with the ‘East’. […]