Welcome to the New York Commandery of the Naval Order of the United States. The New York Commandery hosts a number of educational and social events throughout the year, and builds comradery between its companions in support of the naval services. Membership in the Naval Order is by invitation only. If you have an interest, join us at one of our events.
Monday, 5 June 2017
Reception at 11:30hrs - Luncheon at 12:00hrs
Racquet & Tennis Club
370 Park Avenue (52nd & 53rd Streets)
New York City
MAJOR GENERAL BOB SCALES, USA (RET.)
SCALES ON WAR
The Future of America's Military at Risk
MAJ. GEN. BOB SCALES, USA (RET.), is one of America’s most respected authorities on land power. He commanded units in Korea and the United States and two units in Vietnam, and he is the recipient of the Silver Star for action during the Battle of Hamburger Hill. He completed his service as commandant of the Army War College.
Scales on War is a collection of ideas, concepts, and observations on contemporary war taken from more than thirty years of research, writing, and personal experience by Maj. Gen. Bob Scales (Ret.). Scales’ unique style of writing utilizes contemporary military history, current events, and his philosophy of ground warfare to create a very personal and expansive view of the future direction of American defense policies. Each chapter in the book addresses a distinct topic facing the U.S. military, including tactical ground warfare, future gazing, the draft, and the role of women in the infantry. Fusing all of these issues together is Scales’ belief that, throughout its history, the United States has favored and relied upon a technological approach to fighting its wars and has neglected the warfighter.
Scales on War illustrates that, as a result of America’s focus on winning wars with technology rather than people, its enemies have adapted their warfighting methods to ensure technological defeat. As a well-known warfare expert, Scales demonstrates how only a resurgent land force of Army and Marine small units will restore the United States’ fighting competence. The military’s focus must be exclusively on land power and its contribution to American defense policy. Scales maintains that the United States has paid an enormously high price for neglecting those who do most of the fighting and dying in our most recent wars. Now is the time for change.
“Combining his combat experience with a life-long study of men in direct combat, Bob Scales has written a classic. In this eye-opening and authentic work, he articulates a provocative yet sensible way for our nation to overcome its institutional neglect of the infantry. Let’s apply now the wisdom of our top warrior-scholar who has demonstrated again his penetrating understanding of combat at the point of maximum danger.”
—Gen. James N. Mattis, USMC (Ret.), Secretary of Defense (2017-current), Commander, United States Central Command (2010‒13), Commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command and Supreme Allied Commander Transformation for NATO (2007‒10)
“Bob Scales has dedicated his life to helping young Americans win our wars. He understands that fighting and bureaucracy seldom work together. His commitment is to the fighter. The next cycle of leadership should read this book and implement its wisdom.”—Newt Gingrich, 50th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
“Enormously compelling, stimulating, thoughtful—and thought-provoking—reflections by one of America’s foremost practitioners of scholars on contemporary soldiering and the American military. A brilliant intellectual capstone to General Scales’ decades of seminal contributions to the most important defense debates of the day.”—Gen. David H. Petraeus, USA, (Ret.), Commander, Multinational Force-Iraq (2007‒08), and International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan (2010‒11)
“General Bob Scales’ book sizzles with insights on how to improve America's warfighting effectiveness. He sees it from the ground, through soldiers' eyes, gained through fifty years of direct experience, close study, and thoughtful analysis. This is a book for both today's warriors and the policymakers and planners who back them up.”—Gen. Wesley K. Clark, USA (Ret.), NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe (1997‒2000) and author of Waging Modern War: Bosnia, Kosovo and the Future of Combat
“Two decades ago, Bob Scales revolutionized how the United States thought about combat as Commandant of the Army War College. In the years since he has continued to write, teach, and learn. In Scales on War, he collects the lessons from a lifetime of thinking about man’s most horrible endeavor. Those who read it will be better prepared to keep America strong, safe, and free.”—Lt. Col. John Nagl, USA (Ret.), author of Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam and Knife Fights: A Memoir of Modern War in Theory and Practice
Naval Order Congress 2016
Members of the New York Commandery attended the 2016 Congress at the Hale Koa Hotel, Waikiki Beach. The event was enjoyed by all. A most stirring visit to Pearl Harbor, where there was a wreath ceremony and casting of red rose petals over the USS Arizona. View pictures.