Our Civil War Army (cont.)

Reader Bob Fugate sent in an interesting link to a WSJ story (not firewalled yet) that traces the unsatisfactory condition of today's Army back to Emory Upton (right):
Upon his return to the U.S., Upton proposed a number of radical reforms, including abandoning the citizen-soldier model and relying on professional soldiers, reducing civilian interference in military affairs, and abandoning the emphasis on the constabulary operations in favor of preparing for a conflict with a potential foreign enemy.
There's much more here.

I view Upton's thinking as the next logical stage in the Grant-Sherman-Schofield professionalization paradigm and the current culture of the officer corps as embodying its ultimate, corrupted, hyperreal expression.