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Command : the twenty-first-century general

Author: Anthony King
Publisher: Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In the wake of the troubled campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq, military decision-making appears to be in crisis and generals have been subjected to intense and sustained public criticism. Taking these interventions as a starting point, Anthony King examines the transformation of military command in the twenty-first century. Focusing on the army division, King argues that a phenomenon of collective command is
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anthony King
ISBN: 9781108476409 1108476406 9781108700276 1108700276
OCLC Number: 1045653152
Description: xx, 484 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: Command in the twenty-first century --
The division --
Defining command --
Twentieth-century operations --
Twentieth-century commander --
Leadership --
The counter-insurgents --
Kandahar --
The march up --
The new headquarters --
Distributing command --
The decision point --
The crisis --
The command collective.
Other Titles: Command : the 21st-century general
Responsibility: Anthony King, University of Warwick.

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A history of modern military command, from the individualist, heroic generals of the twentieth century to the highly-professionalised command teams of the twenty-first. Profiling prominent  Read more...

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