In our August issue, retired Marine Corps Major General Matthew Caulfield told us about a program started by the Corps to find jobs for transitioning Marines. This month, Dr. Nathan Ainspan, a civilian psychologist for the Army, expands on the importance of employment. He says that among veterans returning to civilian life, psychological injuries present more of a barrier than physical disabilities when it comes to finding work—usually because of unspoken fears and biases on the part of employers. But getting a job can be a key to treatment: studies show that employment can have almost the same effects as medication but without the negative side effects. Dr. Ainspan also provides valuable information on employment and educational resources available to wounded veterans.
Finally, Dr. Jaine Darwin focuses on the sometimes invisible victims of war: the families. As one of the founders of Strategic Outreach to Families of All Reservists, she believes that spouses and children of deployed reservists and National Guard members are an underserved population. Families living far from a large military installation may lack access to the available assistance programs. Family members can also sometimes feel a sense of isolation if they are the only ones in the community with a loved one overseas. Multiple deployments affect the resilience of many families in negative ways. Dr. Darwin outlines programs that can help these citizen soldiers reintegrate into their homes and society.
The Center for Naval Analyses caused quite a stir last year with its study “The Navy at a Tipping Point: Maritime Dominance at Stake?” In fact, longtime Proceedings contributors Captain George Galdorisi and Scott Truver analyzed the study in the October issue, choosing a “Two-Hub” Navy as its most viable strategic alternative. This month, Dr. Dan Whiteneck, one of the study’s architects, teams with retired Navy Commander Bryan Clark, head of the Strategy Branch in the Naval Warfare Integration Group, to go a step further in sounding the alarm for the U.S. Navy to chart a sound course or lose its role in exerting global sea power in the future. Bolstering their analysis are four more sea power swamis—Rear Admiral Mark Montgomery, Dr. Thomas Hone, retired Rear Admiral Michael McDevitt, and Captain Henry J. Hendrix—who paint a vivid picture of the future global strategic and economic landscape, and what the Navy can do to meet the formidable challenges ahead—without tipping. The options they present provide much to like—but also much to debate in light of the coming budget battles.