Category: Andrew Bacevich

The seductive allure of wars we’re not winning

April 11th, 2014 in 2014, Andrew Bacevich, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Washington Post 0 comments

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By Andrew Bacevich, College of Arts & Sciences

For better or worse, ours is today a warlike nation that depends on volunteers to fill the ranks of its armed forces. Young men and women have a variety of motives for signing up. No doubt some do so for high-minded, even idealistic reasons. For many, however, more pragmatic considerations figure: a job with salary and benefits, a chance to escape from a humdrum or dispiriting existence…

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Will US budget cuts lead to splendid isolation?

March 4th, 2014 in 2014, Andrew Bacevich, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Andrew Bacevich, College of Arts & Sciences

US President Barack Obama publishes his budget on Tuesday, a week after Secretary of State Kerry had warned that cuts in military spending potentially signaled a “new isolationism” among the American public and its elected representatives…

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“This is standard American politics. There seems to be a belief in Washington that if you can portray your critics as isolationists, that doing so will then strengthen one’s own claim to wisdom. The United States is not an isolationist country – quite frankly it’s never been. Certainly it’s not today.”

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What Will a Leaner Military Mean?

March 3rd, 2014 in 2014, Andrew Bacevich, BU Today, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Andrew Bacevich, College of Arts & Sciences

The New York Times headline describing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s proposed military budget said it all: “Shrink Army to Pre–World War II Level?” Hagel, a Vietnam veteran and former US senator, would cut the Army to no more than 450,000 soldiers, a smaller force than the 490,000 target already in the works…

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Building A Smaller, Better Army

February 28th, 2014 in 2014, Andrew Bacevich, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, NPR 0 comments

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Andrew Bacevich, College of Arts & Sciences

Earlier this week, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel outlined his plan for a downsized military…

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“I think the role of the United States Army should be to defend the United States of America, and the threats to the United States of America are relatively modest and that means we can get by with a relatively modest Army.”

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Do we really need a large Army?

February 27th, 2014 in 2014, Andrew Bacevich, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Washington Post 0 comments

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By Andrew Bacevich, College of Arts & Sciences

Armies are like newspapers. They have become 21st-century anachronisms. To survive, they must adapt. For the press, that means accommodating the demands of the Internet. For the United States Army, it means adjusting to a changing security environment. Nostalgia about a hallowed past is a luxury that neither armies nor newspapers can afford to indulge…

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In 2014, Who Needs a Standing Army and Why?

February 26th, 2014 in 2014, Andrew Bacevich, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, The Takeaway 0 comments

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Andrew Bacevich, College of Arts & Sciences

In 1940, as Americans struggled with the lingering affects of the Great Depression, the U.S. Army had only 267,000 members on active duty…

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Even generals don’t know what US Army exists for – expert

February 25th, 2014 in 2014, Andrew Bacevich, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Voice of Russia 0 comments

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Andrew Bacevich, College of Arts & Sciences

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel reduced the US Army to its smallest number since before the World War Two. It’s also planned to eliminate an entire class of Air Force attack jets. The new spending proposal is described by officials as the first Pentagon budget to push the military off the war footing adopted after the 2001 terrorist attacks…

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Will Syrian Civil War Mark End to American Militarism?

February 4th, 2014 in 2014, Andrew Bacevich, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Foreign Policy, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Andrew Bacevich, College of Arts & Sciences

When President Barack Obama spoke from the White House last September to rally a war-weary nation behind limited strikes against Syria, the vast power he wielded as commander-in-chief seemed more curse than blessing…

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“The lesson that many Americans drew from those nearly simultaneous events was that we had war figured out, and had achieved such a level of military dominance that it would be our strong suit throughout the post-Cold War era. That notion that military power provides a way to fix problems decisively and quickly took hold in our national psyche, and it carried over into our politics.”

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Gates’ Book: Emphasizing the Ways, Not the Wisdom, of War

January 14th, 2014 in 2014, Andrew Bacevich, College of Communication, Newsmakers, Time 0 comments

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Andrew Bacevich, College of Arts & Sciences

Former defense secretary Robert Gates is out defending his tell-all book to all comers this week, gamely strapped into a neck brace that holds his head high and straight ahead…

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“The truth is something few people in the national-security establishment are willing to confront: confusing capability with utility, the United States knows how to start wars but has seemingly forgotten how to conclude them. Fundamentally, a pronounced infatuation with armed might has led senior civilian officials, regardless of party, and senior military leaders, regardless of service, to misunderstand and misapply the military instrument. Force is good for some things, preeminently for defending what is already yours. Not content to defend, however, the United States in recent decades has sought to use force to extend its influence, control and values.”

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The misuse of American might, and the price it pays

January 12th, 2014 in 2014, Andrew Bacevich, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Foreign Policy, Los Angeles Times, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors 0 comments

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By Andrew Bacevich, College of Arts & Sciences

The U.S. military is like the highly skilled, gadget-toting contractor who promises to give your kitchen a nifty makeover in no time whatsoever…

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