Fall 2012 Strategos!

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From the Editor, Mike Matheny, PhD

This is the ninth issue of our online journal, Strategos. The journal is designed to stimulate discussion among the members on pertinent strategic issues and provide a venue for publication among practitioners and scholars. In this issue we offer a number of articles aimed at a broad and varied matters of interest to the strategist. J.P. Clark’s article poses several questions and some advice on the matter of the Army’s institutional planning. He reminds us that the Army does seem to be at an important inflection point between wars, downsizing, and fiscal strait jacket. Strategic, that is long term institutional planning for the Army must start with the questions of what the Army must do and how it wants to do it. This institutional soul searching must quickly resolve missions and resources in order to find solutions in force structure and doctrine.

Bryan Groves article on transitioning from military to civilian led efforts reminds us that all wars must end, but in achieving long lasting strategic results—how they end is critical. What lessons can be learned from Iraq when compared to Afghanistan. The challenge looms large as this particular conflict winds down.

Jeremy Gray’s article on China continues his timely discussion of the rise of China. The author offers hope that the West can indeed accommodate the peaceful rise of China. This insightful article provides a good look into the strategic culture of this growing power in Asia. I would only offer that strategists may well look at structure both domestic and regional to help understand the probabilities of conflict, but should never discount the role of chance and accident. The proverbial Guns of August scenario as described by Barbara Tuchman in her seminal account of the outbreak of World War I is always a caution to strategic optimism.

Finally, the frequency and quality of Strategos is directly related to the number and quality of submissions. This online journal seeks to engage the interests of all those interested in strategy and provide an outlet for views not perhaps found elsewhere. I heartily encourage all members of the association to join this forum and keep up the intellectual fire.

Mike Matheny, Ph.D.
COL, U.S. Army Retired
Carlisle, Pennsylvania
April, 2012

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