The Army We Have
To fight today’s wars with an all-volunteer force, the U.S. Army needs more quick-thinking, strong, highly disciplined soldiers. But creating warriors out of the softest, least-willing populace in generations has required sweeping changes in basic training. By Brian Mockenhaupt.
Private Military Contractors
A buyer’s guide. By Matthew Quirk
Five Days in Fallujah
Since the beginning of spring Fallujah has been at the heart of U.S. military preoccupations in Iraq. Our correspondent accompanied the first unit of Marines to assault the city after the murder and mutilation last April of four American civilians. He filed this report. By Robert D. Kaplan.
The Hollow Army
The U.S. military is stretched to the breaking point—and one more crisis could break it. By James Fallows.
The Kabul-Ki Dance
Inside the cockpit with the pilots and wizzos of the 391st Fighter Squadron, the top guns of America's air war in Afghanistan. By Mark Bowden.
The American Way of War
The third of three essays on the revolution in air power. By Michael Kelly.
Pentagon mavericks have been trying for decades to reorient military strategy toward a new kind of threat—the kind we're suddenly facing in the war on terrorism. Now that we've got the war they predicted, will we get the reforms they've been pushing for? By Jason Vest.
Peace Is Hell
Every six months the Pentagon sends nearly 4,000 soldiers to Bosnia and brings nearly 4,000 soldiers home. To see how it's done is to understand why keeping peace has become harder than waging war—and why the Pax Americana has stretched the mighty American military to the limit. By William Langewiesche.
The Widening Gap Between the Military and Society
U.S. military personnel of all ranks are feeling increasingly alienated from their own country, and are becoming both more conservative and more politically active than ever before. Do they see America clearly? By Thomas B. Ricks.
A look at the life, the sentiments, and the aspirations—including, for some, combat—of women in the U.S. Army, the vanguard service insofar as the role of women in the military is concerned. By Charles C. Moskos.
Success Story: Blacks in the Military
Blacks occupy more management positions in the military than in any other sector of American society. By Charles C. Moskos.
Why the Army needs it. By James Webb
Why the country needs it. By James Fallows
You’re In the Army—Again
In the aftermath of World War II, as the government reinstitutes the peacetime draft, an Atlantic correspondent takes issue with the excessive and misleading pains the Army seems to be taking to reassure concerned mothers. By Edgar L. Jones.
The Staff of the United States Army
A colonel complains that U.S. soldiers suffer from "incompetency and want of zeal." By Colonel R. Williams.
Chiefly About War Matters
During the Civil War, the author of The Scarlett Letter travels from Massachusetts to Washington, D.C., to interview civil and military leaders. The piece is peppered with humorous asides—faux "editorial notes" that reflect Hawthorne's clashes with Atlantic editors. By Nathaniel Hawthorne.