"A Civil War in the Military"
(See M. Cancian, pp. 48-52, September 2006 Proceedings)
Commander Jeffrey B, Barta, U.S. Navy-Colonel Cancian wrote an excellent overview of the issues facing today's military. He poses some critical questions and I think, based on our Iraq experience, the answers lie in the middle ground between the three schools of thought.
Technology and capital intensive services such as the Navy and Air Force can help win initial control of the battlefield, but more troops, in particular those specializing in civic affairs, construction, and special operations must be carefully employed to win the hearts and minds of those occupied in the latter phases of conflict.
We must also look at a new definition of "joint," not just in terms of the military, but to include the interagency as well. Without civilian input on the planning process (especially for Phase IV efforts), we are doomed to repeat the mistakes of Iraq.