The advent of the all-volunteer force and the evolving nature of modern warfare have transformed our military, changing it in serious if subtle ways that few Americans are aware of, says Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Kennedy. He looks at issues such as who serves and why and the impact of non-uniformed "contractors" in war zone.
David M. Kennedy is the Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History Emeritus and co-director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University, where he has taught for more than four decades. His book, Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for History in 2000. He has lectured on American history in Italy, Germany, Turkey, Scandinavia, Canada, Britain, Australia, and Ireland. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. In 2008, the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences awarded him the Wilbur Cross Medal, its highest honor.