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Author: Robert H Scales; Williamson Murray; Paul K Van Riper; John A Parmentola; Army War College (U.S.)
Publisher: Carlisle Barracks, Pa. : U.S. Army War College, [1999].
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Throughout U.S. history the American military services have had an unfortunate penchant for not being ready for the next war. Part of the problem has had to do with factors beyond their control: the American polity has been notoriously slow to respond to the challenges posed by dangerous enemies. On the other hand, American military institutions have been surprisingly optimistic in weighing their preparedness as  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Forecasts
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Scales, Robert H., 1944-
Future warfare.
Carlisle Barracks, Pa. : [Strategic Studies Institute], U.S. Army War College, 1999
(OCoLC)647208805
Material Type: Government publication, National government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert H Scales; Williamson Murray; Paul K Van Riper; John A Parmentola; Army War College (U.S.)
ISBN: 1584870001 9781584870005
OCLC Number: 41447143
Description: xxii, 213 p. : ill., charts ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction / Williamson Murray --
1. Cycles of war / Robert H. Scales, Jr. --
2. Preparing for war in the 21st Century / Robert H. Scales, Jr., Paul K. Van Riper --
3. Adaptive enemies: dealing with the strategic threat after 2010 / Robert H. Scales, Jr. --
4. A sword with two edges: maneuver in 21st Century warfare / Robert H. Scales, Jr. --
5. Clashes of visions: sizing and shaping our forces in a fiscally constrained environment / Robert H. Scales, Jr. --
6. America's Army: preparing for tomorrow's security challenges / Robert H. Scales, Jr. --
7. The dawn of a new age of warfare: and the clarion call for enhanced maneuver capabilities / Robert H. Scales, Jr. --
8. The annual report for the Army After Next Project to the Chief of Staff of the Army / Robert H. Scales, Jr. --
9. The Army After Next: intertwining military art, science, and technology out to the year 2025 / Robert H. Scales, Jr., John A. Parmentola --
10. The indirect approach: how U.S. military forces can avoid the pitfalls of future urban warfare / Robert H. Scales, Jr. --
11. Trust, not technology, sustains coalitions / --
12. In war, the U.S. can't go it alone / Robert H. Scales, Jr.
Responsibility: Robert H. Scales, Jr.

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Throughout U.S. history the American military services have had an unfortunate penchant for not being ready for the next war. Part of the problem has had to do with factors beyond their control: the American polity has been notoriously slow to respond to the challenges posed by dangerous enemies. On the other hand, American military institutions have been surprisingly optimistic in weighing their preparedness as they embarked on the nation's wars. The first battles involving American military forces hardly give reason for optimism. The initial defeats in the War of 1812, Bull Run, Belleau Woods, Savo Island, Kasserine Pass, Task Force Smith, and Landing Zone Albany hardly suggest unalloyed success by America's military in preparing for the next war. Admittedly, in each of its major wars the United States did enjoy the luxury of time to repair the deficiencies that showed up so glaringly in the country's first battles. Unfortunately, in the 21st century the United States may not have that luxury of time. Whatever approaches the American military take to innovation, war will occur. And it will provide a harsh audit. Almost certainly the next war will take the United States by surprise. U.S. military institutions may well have prepared for some other form of warfare, in some other location. To paraphrase Omar Bradley: it may well be the wrong war, in the wrong place, at the wrong time. But there it will be, and the American military will have to fight that conflict on its terms rather than their own. Unfortunately, military history is replete with examples of military institutions that have refused to adapt to the real conditions of war, but rather have attempted to impose their own paradigm--no matter how irrelevant or illsuited to the actual conditions. If we cannot predict where the next war will occur or what form it will take, there are some things for which the American military can prepare as they enter the next millennium.

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