Book Review:‘A Delicate Affair’ On the Western Front

By Terrence Finnegan
- A Greg Pickell review

A Delicate Affair is what a serious history should be; detailed, comprehensive and capable of providing answers to root-cause questions that rarely see the light of day. The story of the 26th and the aftermath of the battle may not be the most inspirational ever written, but that isn’t the point. War is truly hell, and A Delicate Affair is ironically and appropriately less than delicate in making that point.


Marching on Tuzla is the story of two professional military officers, forced into conflict in the turbulent geopolitics of the Balkans in the 1990s. Initially unaware of each other, the two men find professional satisfaction and career success as they grapple with their demons.

GAP Media is the repository for much of the content developed by Greg Pickell overt the past 25 years.  Greg is a retired military officer, graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, and a life-long student of the military arts and sciences.  Along the way, he has found work as a software developer, a speechwriter and a government acquisition specialist among other things.  He lives in Fairfax Station, Virginia with Debbie, his spouse of 23 years, his mother and father in-law, his sons Ryan and Noah, and their Springer Spaniel, Emmie.  

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The Defeat of Task Force Smith - October 1993

The defeat of Task Force Smith at the hands of the North Korean Peoples' Army in June 1950 has become something of a rallying cry for the modern U.S. Army.  Unfortunately, remembering doesn't mean that we actually learned anything.  This study compares the performance of an elite U.S. combat formation at one of the Combat Training Centers (CTC), and suggests that the original Task Force Smith actually performed more effectively.

Designing the Next Infantry Fighting Vehicle - July-August, 1996

This analysis represented a natural off-shoot from the Maneuver Warfare doctrine espoused by William, Lind, Dr. Bruce Gudmundsson, Dr. Steven Candy, and others.  Generally ignored at the time, events have come to validate many of the recommended features.  

Asking the Right Questions About the Army's Anti-Armor Programs

This study represents a nearly wholesale indictment of current anti-armor engagement doctrine, suggesting that our approach, and the technologies employed, are significantly flawed in most engagement scenarios.  The study also suggests a low-cost solution to the challenge.

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