The attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, fundamentally transformed the way the United States military wages war. With the invasion of Afghanistan and, months later, Iraq on the heels of 9/11, the wars have caused the Pentagon to rethink the way it fights, how it spends money in times of crisis, and what it values in both its highest and lowest-ranking commanders. The Monitor asked experts to weigh in on the Top 5 ways in which 9/11 has changed the US military.
Phi Beta Iota: We like the way CSM now enables direct access to individual pieces of a story. The reader can also start with #1 and click through the rest. There are some useful insights in the total piece, but the bottom line is that nothing has changed in how the White House and Congress make decisions, or in how the Pentagon trains, equips, and organizes. Still broken, still corrupt, still lacking in integrity across the board. Many of us broke ground in the 1990’s with the need for “four forces after next” and especially the need for the total transformation of intelligence to enable strategic, operational, tactical, and technical excellence, but that is not the way of the two-party crime-fest. Anyone who thinks America is safer today (as the incumbent President just announced) is intellectually or ethically challenged, or both. We continue to be our own worst enemy.