Military Education

Author: Cynthia Ann Watson
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780275992194
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Professional Military Education (PME) is broader and more rigorous than widely understood in the United States. In this unique work, Watson chronicles the evolution of PME during the last 60 years. Careful to draw distinctions between training and education, she briefly traces the history of PME and examines some of the major personalities involved in shaping it, as well as the evolution of the curriculum stressed in PME programs. Her narrative, combined with key documents, a glossary, and a timeline of important events, dispels popular notions of an uneducated military force.

The Process and Politics of Defense Acquisition A Reference Handbook

Author: David S. Sorenson
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 0313348448
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The United States government invests billions each year on equipping armed forces with the most advanced military equipment. The root of the American defense acquisition system is driven by a combination of national interests and domestic political requirements. While fundamentally the defense acquisition system has produced results for the United States military, improvements are needed in order to continue to move forward in advancing military tactics and technology. Exploring both the systemic and political levels of the system, Sorenson argues that the United States will fall behind if the current defense acquisition system is not reformed. This book brings together elements of this complicated system, such as national security requirements, and the changes that are needed in both the structural and political pillars. A combination of political interests and the needs of the military, serviced by an ever-shrinking defense industry, make a genuine acquisition reform even more difficult, resulting in reform that is more symbolic than genuine.

The National Guard and Reserve

Author: Michael Dale Doubler
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 0275993256
Format: PDF, ePub
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This reference handbook takes a close look at the important roles citizen-soldiers have played in America from colonial times through the war in Iraq. Doubler provides ample information and first-hand accounts to better understand how significant the National Guard and Reserve are to America's defense system.

Manning the Future Legions of the United States Finding and Developing Tomorrow s Centurions

Author: Donald Vandergriff
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 0313345635
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An Industrial Age model continues to shape the way the Army approaches its recruiting, personnel management, training, and education. This outdated personnel management paradigm—designed for an earlier era—has been so intimately tied to the maintenance of Army culture that a self-perpetuating cycle has formed, diminishing the Army's attempts to develop adaptive leaders and institutions. This cycle can be broken only if the Army accepts rapid evolutionary change as the norm of the new era. Recruiting the right people, then having them step into an antiquated organization, means that many of them will not stay as they find their ability to contribute and develop limited by a centralized, hierarchical organization. Recruiting and retention data bear this out. Several factors have combined to force the Army to think about the way it develops and nurtures its leaders. Yet, Vandergriff maintains, mere modifications to today's paradigm may not be enough. Today's Army has to do more than post rhetoric about adaptability on briefing slides and in literature. One cannot divorce the way the Army accesses, promotes, and selects its leaders from its leadership-development model. The Army cannot expect to maintain leaders who grasp and practice adaptability if these officers encounter an organization that is neither adaptive nor innovative. Instead, Army culture must become adaptive, and the personnel system must evolve into one that nurtures adaptability in its policies, practices, and beliefs. Only a detailed, comprehensive plan where nothing is sacred will pave the way to cultural evolution.

Nation building and Stability Operations

Author: Cynthia Ann Watson
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780275992187
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Watson examines the contempory nation-building experience of the United States and its allies in nations such as Somalia, Haiti, the Balkans, as well as in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Prisoners of War

Author: Arnold Krammer
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780275993009
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Krammer examines the history of prisoners of war from biblical times to the modern era. The narrative is supported by primary documents, biographies of relevant participants in history, and a bibliography to serve as a springboard for additional research.

Military Base Closure

Author: David S. Sorenson
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780275991524
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This one-of-a-kind reference book investigates the current state of U.S. military bases and examines the wide-ranging implications of the base-closure and realignment debates and policies.

American Military History

Author: Daniel K. Blewett
Publisher: Reference Sources in the Socia
ISBN:
Format: PDF
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Compiles a bibliography of American military reference guides, focusing on general resources including almanacs, chronologies, and encyclopedias.

United States Military s don t Ask Don t Tell Policy

Author: Melissa Sheridan Embser-Herbert
Publisher: Praeger Security International Reference
ISBN: 9780275991913
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Embser-Herbert explores the history of the policy of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, (DADT) the federal law restricting the military service of gays, lesbians, and bisexuals. In this narrative overview, she traces the policy from its origins in the early 1990s, through its evolution and implementation into law in the United States military, before evaluating the impact of post-9/11 events on the military, the policy, and the ongoing debate surrounding the existence of the policy itself as lawmakers consider its repeal. Her three-part history of DADT begins with a brief look at earlier policies that preceded it, a discussion of events in 1992-1993 that resulted in the passage and implementation of the new law, and an examination of the law's impact on the military. She also compares the policy to that of other nations, such as Canada, Australia, and Great Britain, that eliminated similar restrictions as they sought ways to avoid a potential manpower shortage in their armed forces. The War on Terror has returned DADT to the public spotlight. Embser-Herbert examines U.S. experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan and what they can teach about gays and lesbians in the military. She concludes Part I with an analysis of whether the law might be repealed or overturned. Part II of the handbook provides summaries of key legal decisions, and Part III contains key documents, such as the language of the law itself and excerpts from current military regulations and training manuals.

Military Transformation and Modern Warfare

Author: Elinor Camille Sloan
Publisher: Praeger Security International Reference
ISBN: 9780275994051
Format: PDF, ePub
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Military transformation can be understood as comprising three overlapping and sometimes competing layers--the conventional-force dominated revolution in military affairs, a more recent irregular warfare emphasis, and a wider dimension including homeland defense, space and nuclear policy. The Western world is currently focusing its attention on transformation's middle layer, while China and Russia are focusing on the RMA and transformation's wider aspects. This dynamic indicates the United States and its allies should continue to prepare for the full range of conflicts. This book establishes the meaning of military transformation, assesses the manner in which certain countries are transforming their military forces, discusses the relevancy of transformation efforts to modern conflict and, in drawing out the key areas of emphasis on the part of various countries, provides a window on the future global security environment. It is divided into seven chapters, plus a conclusion. The first chapter focuses on the meaning of military transformation, establishing a framework through which national militaries can be examined. This comprises transformation's revolution in military affairs components, its newer special operations forces, counterinsurgency, and stabilization and reconstruction aspects, and its wider homeland defense, space and deterrence dimensions. The book devotes two chapters to the United States and one each to China, Russia, and NATO. It also has a chapter that looks individually at each of Australia, Britain, Canada, France and Germany. An assessment of the relevancy of force transformation to modern warfare is integrated into the discussion of what transformation means, how the United States is responding, and the concluding chapter. The book contains a biographical sketch of Andrew Marshall, Andrew Krepinevich, William Owens, Arthur Cebrowski, Donald Rumsfeld, and Thomas Barnett, all of whom have been involved in some aspect of military transformation.