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The evolution of the United States military and the notion of warfare can be traced to its roots in Colonial America during the early 1600s. Over the next several hundred years, the military as we know it, developed from a small militia to what is now considered the world’s greatest. Similar to the fruition of American history, warfare had the opportunity to encounter numerous noteworthy advances and life-changing adaptations. These shifts and modifications resulted in the American way of war seen in recent history; one which has transformed from an alternative to diplomacy to a systematic and professionalized method for declaring victory over an adversary-no matter the nature or cause. Beginning with Colonial America and ending with the aftermath of World War I, this piece will work to analyze the aforementioned concepts throughout this time period.
In order to understand the changes in warfare, history and the American way of war, one must begin with the Colonial period in which organized militias were constructed as a primary means of defense. These units were utilized for small…