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The Army after Next: The First Postindustrial Army

The Army after Next: The First Postindustrial Army (Hardback, New title)

By Adams, Thomas K.

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During the later part of the 20th century, military theorists and others began to believe that new technologies were generating a revolution in military affairs (RMA), providing capabilities so revolutionary that they would redefine warfare. Led by President George W. Bush and De...fense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, the U.S. Department of Defense set out to transform the US armed forces by adopting RMA concepts and spending billions to make the hypothetical capabilities real. The entire structure of the armed forces changed as a result; however, this vision is totally dependent on a set of unproven and often non-existent capabilities, especially a network of information technologies. Without these developments, the result is a set of small, less capable battle platforms. This is the only book-length examination of the way that the US Army and the Defense Department have tried to create in reality the revolutionary capabilities promised by the high-tech Revolution in Military Affairs. It is the only in-depth account of the effect that RMA and transformation concepts had on the American operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. The author argues that the U.S. needs to fight the war it has, not the war it wants. Many of the problems in both Iraq and Afghanistan arose from the Department of Defense's implacable desire to implement RMA-driven transformation concepts whether they were appropriate or not.
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ISBN 9780275981075
Released NZ 1 Oct 2006
Publisher ABC-CLIO
Format Hardback, New title
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Series Praeger Security International
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ISBN-13 9780275981075
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-14 working days
Publisher ABC-CLIO
Imprint Praeger
Released 1 Oct 2006
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback, New title
 › 1 other possible formats available
Edition New title
Author(s) By Adams, Thomas K.
Series Praeger Security International
Category Theory Of Warfare & Military Science
Military Life & Institutions
Number of Pages 336
Dimensions Width: 155mm
Height: 235mm
Spine: 31mm
Dewey Code 355.30973
Weight 671g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress United States - Military policy, Military doctrine - United States - History - 20th century, Military doctrine - United States - History - 21st century, Military policy, United States
NBS Text Military History
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly