Joseph J. Collins

Joseph J. Collins, a retired Army Colonel and a former Deputy Asst. Secretary of Defense, directs the Center for Complex Operations at the National Defense University, where he has been on the faculty since 2004.  His articles represent the author’s personal views and not necessarily those of NDU, the Joint Staff, the Department of Defense, or any other government agency.

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s epic, 18-hour television series on the war in Vietnam left me feeling the same way that the war did: sad, depressed, disillusioned, and ready for it to end.

This essay is an attempt to encapsulate lessons from the Long War beyond the timeframe operative in the NDU book Lessons Encountered: Learning from the Long War.

Plans to take the Army from its high of 570,000 to 490,000 today, and then to reduce it again to 450,000 soldiers seemed prudent a few years ago.

A constellation of stars is falling on Washington.  As each of the new chiefs takes his chair, he will have to grapple with the pressing problems of strategy, programs, and budgets.

This review essay looks at: the memoir of a Secretary of Defense, a recent RAND study, the cri de coeur of a retired general, and the memoir of a combat veteran and leading coindinista.

American generals who thought that they could talk the President into extending the Surge were sadly mistaken.