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Modern American Military

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Zusatztext A collection of incisive and controversial essays covering matters as diverse - and essential - as military culture and technology! contracting and doctrine! this is a book for anyone interested in the armed forces of what remains the most powerful country on earth."-Eliot A. Cohen! Robert E. Osgood Professor of Strategic Studies! Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies Informationen zum Autor David M. Kennedy is the Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History at Stanford University and the Director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West. He won the Bancroft Prize for Birth Control in America: The Career of Margaret Sanger! was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Over Here: The First World War and American Society! and won the Pulitzer Prize for History for Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War! 1929-1945. Heis also the editor of the renowned Oxford History of the United States. Klappentext The Modern American Military is composed of essays surveying the mission and character of the United States armed forces in the twenty-first century. Zusammenfassung 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. Edited by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Kennedy, this stimulating volume brings together insights from a remarkable group of scholars, who shed important new light on the changes effecting today's armed forces. Beginning with a Foreword by former Secretary of Defense William J. Perry, the contributors take an historical approach as they explore the ever-changing strategic, political, and fiscal contexts in which the armed forces are trained and deployed, and the constantly shifting objectives that they are tasked to achieve in the post-9/11 environment. They also offer strong points of view. Lawrence Freedman, for instance, takes the leadership to task for uncritically embracing the high-techRevolution in Military Affairs when "conventional" warfare seems increasingly unlikely. And eminent psychiatrist Jonathan Shay warns that the post-battle effects of what he terms "moral wounds" currently receive inadequate attention from the military and the medical profession. Perhaps most troubling, KarlEikenberry raises the issue of the "political ownership" of the military in an era of all-volunteer service, citing the argument that, absent the political protest common to the draft era, government decision-makers felt free to carry out military operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Andrew Bacevich goes further, writing that "it's no longer our army; it hasn't been for years; it's theirs [the government's] and they intend to keep it."Looking at such issues as who serves and why, the impact of non-uniformed "contractors" in the war zone, and the growing role of women in combat, this volume brings together leading thinkers who illuminate the American military at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1. The Counterrevolution in Strategic Affairs; Lawrence Freedman; 2. The U.S. Armed Forces' View of War; Brian McAllister Linn; 3. Weapons: The Growth and Spread of the Precision-Strike Regime; Thomas G. Mahnken; 4. American Military Culture from Colony to Empire; Robert L. Goldich; 5. Manning and Financing the Twenty-First-Century All-Volunteer Force; David R. Segal and Lawrence J. Korb; 6. Military Contractors and the American Way of War; Deborah Avant and Rene e de Nevers; 7. Filming War; Jay Winter; 8. The Future of Conscription: Some Comparative Reflections; James Sheehan; 9. Whose Army?; Andrew J. Bacevich; 10. Reassessing the All-Volunteer Force; Karl W. Eikenberry; 11. Military Justice; Charles J. Dunlap Jr.; 12. Women in the U.S. Military: The Evolution of Gender Norms and Military Requirements; Michelle Sandhoff and Mady Wechsler Sega...

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