Should We Just Let the Army Do It?

Reuters
August 18, 2019 Topic: Security Region: Americas Tags: ArmyMilitaryNational SecurityWarBorder

Should We Just Let the Army Do It?

The raison d'être of any national armed force is to defend the state and carry out homeland defense. But armies are often asked to perform more mundane tasks, such as trash collection and firefighting, often to the detriment of their readiness to carry out their primary function.

John Clarke is a senior professor at the Marshall Center in Germany. He is a retired U.S. Army officer with over two decades of operational experience. He is also an Olmsted Scholar, a Senior Research Fellow of the nato Defense College, a graduate of the French Army War College, and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Salzburg, Austria.

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