Naval War College Review


Pelham G. Boyer


As the United States enters its tenth year at war with an amorphous yet brutal enemy, it is worth stepping back from the familiar policy issues we continue to debate as a nation to reflect on what it means for our armed forces to be at war today. Ten years ago, the critical issue facing the American military was widely said to be “transformation”—the refashioning of our armed forces principally through the introduction of new technologies that would enable us to retain our competitive edge in the new networked security environment of the twenty-first century.