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Iraq and Afghanistan are not the big wars envisioned by the US Army's high-level doctrine. What will the future require? We hear about a battle raging within the Army itself. Should it adapt to provide for small wars and long-term occupations? Would that perpetuate neo-conservative policies that aren't working? Also, Roger Clemens goes before a House committee over the use of human growth hormone; and it's McCain by a nose, and Obama becomes the front-runner after yesterday's Potomac primaries.


US Navy photo: Petty Officer 1st Class Sean Mulligan

Producers:
Gary Scott
Katie Cooper
Dan Konecky

Main Topic Rethinking the Art of War 32 MIN, 43 SEC

After America's defeat in Vietnam, the US Army abandoned counterinsurgency doctrine and prepared for a big war with the Soviet Union. That never happened, and the Army was left ill-prepared for the kind of operations required in Iraq and Afghanistan. At the end of this month, the Association of the United States Army will debate proposed changes in the operations manual that defines what the Army is all about. Currently, doctrine focuses on defeating adversaries on the battlefield. The new manual would give equal importance to stabilizing war-torn nations. We hear how efforts to turn the Army around are being hotly resisted within the Army itself. Is war fighting more than guns, tanks and boots on the ground? Are proposed changes needed or are they a recipe for a new kind of colonialism?

Guests:
Michael Gordon, New York Times
William Caldwell, former Spokesman, Multi-National Forces in Iraq
Douglas MacGregor, Advisor to the Starus Military Reform Project, Center for Defense Information
Michael O'Hanlon, Brookings Institution (@MichaelEOHanlon)

Transformation under Fire

Douglas Macgregor

Reporter's Notebook Obama and McCain in Front after Potomac Primaries 9 MIN, 53 SEC

Barack Obama didn't just win yesterday in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. He won by landslides, and now has more delegates than Hillary ClintonJohn McCain won, too, but Mike Huckabee beat him among conservatives and evangelicals. Yesterday's Potomac primaries changed the appearance of both presidential nominating campaigns, as we hear from Byron York of the National Review and Jonathan Weisman of the Washington Post.

Guests:
Byron York, Washington Examiner (@ByronYork)
Jonathan Weisman, New York Times (@jonathanweisman)

Making News Waxman Lobs Steroid Accusations and Clemens Doesn't Swing 6 MIN, 7 SEC

"It's impossible to believe that this is a simple misunderstanding… someone isn't telling the truth." That's from California Democrat Henry Waxman, chair of the House Oversight Committee, which is investigating Roger Clemens. Johnette Howard is a sports columnist for Newsday.

Guests:
Johnette Howard, Sports Columnist, Newsday

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