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Gen. Charles Cleveland

Killing Is Not Enough: Special Operators

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


ARLINGTON: “We have, in my view, exquisite capabilities to kill people,” said Lt. Gen. Charles Cleveland. “We need exquisite capabilities to manipulate them.” Psychological subtlety and the US military don’t always go hand-in-hand. Worldwide, we’ve become better known for drone strikes and Special Operations raids to kill High Value Targets. But that wasn’t enough for the last 13… Keep reading →

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The Army Gropes Toward A Cultural Revolution

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


AUSA: A new generation of generals is rising in the Army. It’s a generation forced to get creative by more than a decade of ugly unconventional conflicts. It’s a generation disillusioned by the mistakes of superiors, military and civilian alike. It’s a generation willing to take on the Army’s bureaucratic culture of top-down management, which… Keep reading →

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Special Operators Try Again To Get More Dough, Control; Battles Likely With Hill And JCS

Posted by Otto Kreisher on


WASHINGTON: After a decade of war in which they played a key role and were rewarded with a doubling of their forces and budget, Special Operations leaders want still more — more people, more money and more authority to decide where their troops go and what they do. Those goals are likely to clash with… Keep reading →

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