Monday, April 27, 2015
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Armed Forces

Armed Forces

During his famous Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln said that America is a nation “conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” He proceeded to question whether or not such a nation “can long endure.” The testing ground for such a nation, as he observed, was not in the halls of academia or before the high courts. Rather, Americans prove defend their nation’s existence on the field of battle.

Since the conception of America, the United States military has stood as a line of defense between the American people and those who would see this great land conquered. During World War 2, it was the American military that crumbled the fascist war machines of Europe. Even today in Iraq and Afghanistan, our troops are fighting to rid the world of the disease that is radical militant Islam.

Edmund Burke once said “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” The United States military is our nation’s promise to both ourselves and our neighbors that evil will never triumph.

The men and women who volunteer to stand downrange of enemy fire deserve our prayers.

Through the “Adopt our Troops” program, you can both register and adopt a specific member of America’s armed forces in prayer. What greater gift could you provide these troops than intercession on behalf of our omnipotent God?

Please take the time to adopt one of these soldiers and pray for them every day. If you know a specific member of the military, please register them. More than anything we could personally give them, our troops need our support through prayer.

Featured Member of the Armed Forces for Prayer

PrayFocusArmedForcesRobert O. Work, Deputy Secretary of Defense

 

Robert Orton Work was born in January 1953. He received a B.S. in Biology from the University of Illinois, and later earned an M.S. in Systems Management from the University of Southern California, an M.S. in Space System Operations from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a Master’s degree in International Policy from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

His military service began as a member of the ROTC while at the University of Illinois. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant of the United States Marine Corps, and spent 27 years in the Marines, holding a variety of positions. When he retired, he had earned the rank of Colonel.

He joined the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, and later became their Vice President for Strategic Studies. He took a position as an adjunct professor at George Washington University. He also directed and analyzed war games for the Office of Net Assessment for the Office of the Secretary of Defense. During the presidential transition of Barack Obama, Work was a member of the Department of Defense Transition Team.

President Obama nominated work as Under Secretary of the Navy, a position he held until March 2013. On May 1, 2014, again by appointment of President Obama, he assumed office as the United States Deputy Secretary of Defense.

His marital status was not divulged, but he is the father of one daughter.

IN THE NEWS: America’s adversaries today use “agents, paramilitaries, deception, infiltration and persistent denial – staying within the so-called ‘gray zone,’” Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said in a speech before the U.S. Army War College. “That’s a zone in which we don’t typically operate, but one in which we must become more proficient.” His comments point to the evolving nature of war and America’s need to change with it. For the foreseeable future, America’s wars will be fought in the gray zone, and it should seek to be as good in this realm as it is in conventional warfare, he said. That means knowing how to use militias as deftly as Russia and Iran do now, how to use social media propaganda as well as the Islamic State, and how to cope with improvised explosive devices and cyber-attacks. In his remarks, Work outlined the ways in which he believes this warfare is advancing, from asymmetric attacks to a blend of low and high-tech tactics known as hybrid warfare. The streets of Baghdad and the valleys of Afghanistan were a laboratory of irregular war, and I believe that what we will increasingly see in the future is hybrid wars,” he said.