The Best Defense

The Best Defense

Why doesn't D.C. listen to the field on life-and-death issues?: A medical example

By Tracey Perez Koehlmoos

Best Defense guest columnist

I am going to write candidly here about this issue because when I spoke about it, I went unheard. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal confirms that this is an important issue to those who work in casualty care and as the scientific publication on the issue fell flat, apparently no one is hearing them either. 

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When everyone else gets as much data as we do, how will we prevail in combat?

In the future everyone will be data-rich, my New America colleague Sascha Meinrath said over his lunch of baked salmon last week. So, he figures, the key to future victories will be in "synthesis and the velocity of decision-making."

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Some thoughts about how the Army could better tell its story to the American people

By Lt. Gen. David Barno, U.S. Army (Ret.)

Best Defense guest correspondent

The United States Army is struggling to explain its relevance as it returns home from 13 years at war. The American people and their lawmakers are increasingly averse to large-scale "boots on the ground" missions after more than a decade of bloody and expensive land wars. Together with the realities of skyrocketing personnel costs, shrinking budgets, and a new strategy oriented on the Pacific Rim, these facts have placed the Army at a strong disadvantage in the ongoing defense debates. And while the new battles with ISIS suggest that land warfare is far from dead, pressure to redefine the future role of the U.S. Army is unlikely to abate. What kind of Army does the United States need, and what is this Army for? And most importantly, what does the Army provide the nation?

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Stuff I didn't know: Earth's rotation affects the accuracy of long-range shells

I didn't know that the Earth's rotation tends to deflect long-range artillery shells. More here. It is called "the Coriolis drift," which sounds to me like a good movie title.

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