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Getting it right : American military reforms after Vietnam to the Persian Gulf and beyond

Author: James F Dunnigan; Raymond M Macedonia
Publisher: New York : W. Morrow and Co., ©1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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In February 1991 U.S. troops won the first battle of a war and did so with minimal losses. Remarkably, this had never happened before. Getting It Right is an insider's look at how this occurred. It covers subjects as wide-ranging and essential to the understanding of U.S. military affairs as the nation's historically based unpreparedness for war - lessons that were repeatedly learned and forgotten from war to
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Dunnigan, James F.
Getting it right.
New York : W. Morrow and Co., ©1993
(OCoLC)606246137
Online version:
Dunnigan, James F.
Getting it right.
New York : W. Morrow and Co., ©1993
(OCoLC)624390644
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James F Dunnigan; Raymond M Macedonia
ISBN: 0688120962 9780688120962
OCLC Number: 28183303
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 320 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Ch. 1. Never Quite Got It Right --
Ch. 2. Lessons Learned --
and Forgotten --
Ch. 3. The Army Gets Nuked --
Ch. 4. The Central Front Fixation --
Ch. 5. Vietnam: False Confidence --
Ch. 6. The Hollow Army --
Ch. 7. Reform --
Ch. 8. Reeducation --
Ch. 9. The Volunteers --
Ch. 10. New Ideas --
Ch. 11. Innovative Training --
Ch. 12. The Fat 80s --
Ch. 13. Proof of Performance --
Ch. 14. The Other Services --
Ch. 15. An Uncertain Future.
Responsibility: James F. Dunnigan and Raymond M. Macedonia.

Abstract:

In February 1991 U.S. troops won the first battle of a war and did so with minimal losses. Remarkably, this had never happened before. Getting It Right is an insider's look at how this occurred. It covers subjects as wide-ranging and essential to the understanding of U.S. military affairs as the nation's historically based unpreparedness for war - lessons that were repeatedly learned and forgotten from war to war-the introduction of nuclear weapons to post-World War II.

Military policy, the Cold War fear of the Soviet Union, and the military before, during, and after Vietnam. Most important, however, it stresses the immeasurable gains made in the armed forces during the last two decades, gains that led to successes in the Gulf War and improved chances for continued success in the future. Contrary to popular belief, this reversal has less to do with high-tech weapons than with better training for officers and troops. Haunted by the.

Specter of the Vietnam War, officers have embraced a more pragmatic and professional attitude; troops are more carefully selected and better paid; training has become more sophisticated with the use of wargaming, computer simulations, and more intensive field practice. Using the Army as a touchstone, but including all branches of the armed services, Getting It Right also discusses how the military is dealing with the issues of racism, sexism, and homosexuality and with.

The cost of keeping troops combat-ready. It additionally looks at how much our military is costing and where cuts can and cannot be made as it heads toward the end of the American Century. Getting It Right is a strong and insightful look at what a strong and efficient military can mean in times of war, and peace.

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