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Making Do with Less, or Coping with Upton’s Ghost

Author: Dr Eliot A Cohen Each April the Strategic Studies Institute hosts a conference that addresses key strategic issues facing the Armed Forces and the Nation. This year’s theme, “Strategy During the Lean Years: Learning from the Past and the Present,” brought together scholars, serving and retired military officers, and civilian defense officials from the …

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Total Force: Federal Reserves and State National Guards

Author: COL Charles E Heller Never before in peacetime has the United States placed so much emphasis and reliance on the Armed Forces’ Reserve Components. Since the Total Force Policy was introduced by Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird in 1970, this dependency has grown even more. The 1990 mobilization for OPERATION DESERT SHIELD and the …

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