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FRANK L. JONES is Professor of Security Studies in the Department of National Security and Strategy at the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, PA. He is the General Dwight D. Eisenhower Chair in National Security and currently the director of the College’s Theory of War and Strategy course. Professor Jones served for more than 30 years in federal service, first as a commissioned officer in the Vietnam-era United States Army and as a civilian, beginning as a President Management Intern in 1979 with the Department of the Army. In 2006, he retired from the Department of Defense (DoD) as a career member of the Senior Executive Service, where he held a number of positions in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. These included his appointment as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations Policy and Support, and Principal Director for Strategy, Plans, and Resources in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense. In the latter position, he led the interagency task force responsible for formulating the National Strategy for Maritime Security under President George W. Bush and was one of the principal authors of the Department of Defense’s Strategy for Homeland Defense and Civil Support. Professor Jones has published a number of articles and book chapters on national security policymaking, homeland security, and terrorism. His most recent work is “In Brzezinski’s Forge: Fashioning the Carter Doctrine’s Military Instrument,” published in Imperial Crossroads: The Great Powers and the Persian Gulf (Naval Institute Press, 2012). He is the author of a forthcoming book on Robert “Blowtorch Bob” Komer, who is largely associated with U.S. pacification efforts during the Vietnam War and as a member of the National Security Council staff in the Kennedy administration. Komer also served during the Carter administration as an advisor to Secretary of Defense Harold Brown for North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) affairs, and later as Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.
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Authored by Professor Frank L. Jones.
For more than 30 years, the term “hollow army” has represented President Carter’s alleged willingness to allow American military capability to deteriorate in the face of growing Soviet capability. The true story is more complicated than the metaphor suggests.