Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts Lessons of Ukraine for the US Army

Lessons of Ukraine for the US Army

  • August 10, 2023


Clausewitz wrote that the first task of a commander is to establish “the kind of war on which they are embarking; neither mistaking it for, nor trying to turn it into, something that is alien to its nature.” After two decades of counterinsurgency operations, the US Army now finds itself observing – and supporting – Ukraine’s fight against Russia’s aggression. The war has turned into a grinding, attritional, industrial age struggle, the kind the US military had assumed was a thing of the past.

In this episode of Chain Reaction, John Nagl joins to discuss whether the US Army is positioned to fight this kind of war, whether it wants to or not.

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A Call to Action: Lessons from Ukraine for the Future Force – Katie Crombe and John A. Nagl 


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