Non-commissioned officers from the three sea services agree that suicide and sexual assault are two serious issues affecting personnel that must be solved if the military is to maintain a high-quality force.
The SIGNAL Blog
The United States has what military personnel leaders describe as the best educated, best trained and best equipped force in history. Yet, this force is showing strains as the military endures its most stressful environment in recent memory.
The postwar defense funding reductions the U.S. military now is facing are taking place under entirely different conditions than their predecessors, noted the commander of the U.S. Northern Command.
Individual U.S. Marines are carrying too heavy a load into combat thanks to new information technologies, said the commanding general of the 1 Marine Expeditionary Force.
New defensive technologies have risen in importance as the U.S. Navy confronts a host of new and diverse threats to its surface ships.
Special operations forces have become so essential to military mission success that they should be incorporated into conventional force plans, according to a Marine Corps general.
Lasers, railguns and unmanned underwater vehicles are just a few of the new capabilities the U.S. Defense Department is counting on to overcome advances pursued by potential adversaries.
The U.S. military will need several years to reset and rebuild its military following the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, said the deputy secretary of defense.
Needing a new long-range anti-ship missile, the U.S. Navy has configured a Tomahawk cruise missile to perform that role. The service saved a large amount of scarce funding in adapting an existing system instead of developing a new one, stated a high-ranking defense official.