America’s Military – A Profession of Arms

On this day in 1945, service members raised the American flag during the Battle for Iwo Jima.

From General Martin E. Dempsey Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff

The Profession of Arms has been an important subject to me since I led the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command a few years ago.  As Chairman, it remains one of my focus areas. Understanding who we are and what we do as volunteers and experts who defend our nation is something we must do as a joint force.

We have an opportunity to assess how 10 years of conflict have affected us as we conduct transitions in our current wars, face resource constraints and get leaner as a force. Based firmly on our history and values, we must be stewards of our profession. We must institutionalize what we’ve learned.

We must continue to think, adapt, and promote those attributes and behaviors necessary our military profession to defend the nation and provide options to our leaders in a competitive security environment.

So today, I released “America’s Military – A Profession of Arms”. It addresses: values, the military profession, trust—both internal to the military and between the military and the American people. It includes thoughts on leadership, Mission Command, strength from diversity, and the way ahead—advancing the Profession of Arms.

With that said, I want to stress that leadership is the foundation of the Profession of Arms. Our profession depends on our ability to develop future leaders. They will build and maintain trust, inspire others, teach and mentor, and uphold and enforce our ethical and moral standards. These leaders will see us through this time of notable transitions.

It is entirely appropriate to release this white paper on the 67th anniversary of the American flag raising on Mount Suribachi during the Battle for Iwo Jima. The iconic moment in our history speaks to our profession. It’s a reminder of the military’s role in defending our nation and its ideals, and a reminder of what we can accomplish together. I hope you read the paper and continue this conversation online and within your units.

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  • Skywalker861

    Leadership with the right men and women under their care and command hinges on clear and instant communication to relay their commands and orders.

    This is undermined by confusion on the battle field, mostly once engaged with the enemy or disruptive fatal factors like IED’s, mines and booby traps. This can distort the whole tactical maneuverbility what the Leadership had in mind before and during the enemy engagement.

    This confusion disruption between the initial Leadership tactical maneuver strategy and their soldiers, pilots, marines etc. can backlash the entire enemy engagement.

    I suggest a technical advanced individual and team com-gear with Bat-and Sonic detection array to identify and instantly relay these disruptive fatal factors: what I have in mind is a attachable alert-chip connected to the sonic and bombsniffing detection gear in their backpacks or attached on their uniform.

    Bats can fly through wires. If tripwires in jungle and other terrain can be detected and identified, this will save many lives and it will not disrupt the initial mission set out by the leadership: Coherent Deployment remains intact if those disruptive factors are disabled by this (still non-developed) technical com gear.

    Instant com-relay of the combat situation and situational awareness on the battlefield is essential for the leadership in place to determine the next course of action and battle tactic.

    That’s what I’d like to add. If the combattant instantly receives an electronic signal of a disruptive factor in his/her vicinity and can identify and locate and eliminate, it will keep the unit’s coherency intact as they carry out their mission.

    This kind of technology has yet to be developed.  But with the scientific and technological R&D of the present and near/far future, this should be realizable. DARPA could look into this.