What will the US military’s role be in coming years? Steven Metz and Douglas C. Lovelace Jr. on why the U.S. military should not give up on ground troops: Adaptability, not technology, will win the wars of the future. Eleanor Smith on Iron Man–like exoskeletons and the army of the future: Technical advances may make upper-body strength less important in combat — and level the playing field for women. Natural Born Killers: For women who have already been in combat, who have earned medals fighting alongside men, the war stories they tell don't sound a thing like myths. Karl W. Eikenberry on reassessing the All-Volunteer Force. Preserve the Reserves: Christopher Holshek on why America needs its citizen-soldiers now more than ever. The introduction to Making War at Fort Hood: Life and Uncertainty in a Military Community by Kenneth T. MacLeish.

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