By Winslow T. Wheeler

ISBN-10: 1932019332

ISBN-13: 9781932019339

The eleven chapters provided right here through Wheeler (Center for protection info) represent a large critique of present US army regulations and associations that issues to decades-long difficulties that the authors believe are corroding US army and political energy

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14 Lt. Col. John Sayen • 7 With the passage of the 1916 Defense Act, the Uptonians had won the control they needed to truly professionalize America’s armies. The political cost had been high. America now had the large professional standing army (with no counterbalancing militia) that our Founding Fathers warned us against. The president now controlled all of the nation’s armed forces in peacetime as well as in war. He would no longer have to beg either Congress or the state governors for troops.

It is the last of four generations constituting a model that describes the evolution of warfare since 1648. The first three generations are of only secondary concern to us here. First Generation War (1GW) reflected the era (ending in the late 19th century) before firearms became technically mature, when close order drill and shock action still had a place on the battlefield. Military ranks, uniforms, saluting and ceremonial drill are all 1GW holdovers. The Second Generation of Warfare (2GW) was the result of the Industrial Revolution and of firearms technology finally reaching full maturity.

John Sayen • 23 heavily bombed or shelled without regard to civilian casualties so that fewer Americans would be placed at risk. S. forces in both Iraq and Afghanistan has greatly increased, despite its indiscriminate nature and the harm it causes to the civil population (see Anthony H. S. csis. pdf). Indeed, civil-military relations in general, not to mention the provision of sewage treatment, potable water and electricity still get mainly lip service. As for doctrinal and force structure change, this author as chief doctrine writer at the Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Staff Training Program, witnessed almost none resulting from Iraq experience.

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