Nathan A. Jennings

Nathan Jennings is a NATO planner in Afghanistan. He is an Armor officer in the US Army who served combat tours in Iraq and taught history at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Jennings holds a MA in American History from the University of Texas at Austin, an MMAS from the School of Advanced Military Studies, and is the author of Riding for the Lone Star: Frontier Cavalry and the Texas Way of War, 1822-1865.

Should the Army prepare to fight other modern militaries like those of Russia and China, or orient on stabilizing war-torn states like Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan?

Though newly arrived in Army doctrine, the concept of operational design finds precedent in American military history.

The U.S., and its peerless military in particular, should begin deploying diverse and scalable elements of national power to promote coalitions to deter Chinese aggression.

An entire American armored brigade in Poland, in particular, would finally capture acute historical significance.

American decision makers chose to fight to a high-consumption and high-cost war through conventional means rather than employing the unparalleled power of nuclear technology.

Among the varied personalities exposed by the tensions of war, the Spartan commander Brasidas emerges as a definitive figure who illustrates the strengths and weaknesses of not only his city-state...