A version of this article appears in the August 25 issue of Aviation Week & Space Technology. In early 2001, pundits were challenging the continued relevance of ground forces in the 21st century. The incoming Bush administration was already discussing significant cuts in the size of the U.S. Army in an effort described as transformation. The pundits, of course, were proven wrong just a few months later. History would repeat itself a decade later, when pundits were having difficulty ...

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