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Military Realism The Logic and Limits of Force and Innovation in the U.S. Army / by Peter Campbell.

Author/Creator:
Campbell, Peter P., author.
Publication:
Columbia, Missouri : University of Missouri, [2019]
Manufacture:
Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 2019
Series:
American military experience
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (391 pages)
Subjects:
HISTORY / Military / United States.
HISTORY / Military / Strategy.
Military doctrine -- United States -- History -- 21st century.
Military doctrine -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
United States -- Military policy.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Summary:
"After the Vietnam War, the U.S. Army considered counterinsurgency (COIN) a mistake to be avoided. Many found it surprising, then, when setbacks in recent conflicts led the same army to adopt a COIN doctrine. Scholarly debates have primarily employed existing theories of military bureaucracy or culture to explain the army's re-embrace of COIN, but Peter Campbell advances a unique argument centering on military realism to explain the complex evolution of army doctrinal thinking from 1960 to 2008. In five case studies of U.S. Army doctrine, Campbell pits military realism against bureaucratic and cultural perspectives in three key areas--nuclear versus conventional warfare, preferences for offense versus defense, and COIN missions--and finds that the army has been more doctrinally flexible than those perspectives would predict. He demonstrates that decision makers, while vowing in the wake of Vietnam to avoid COIN missions, nonetheless found themselves adapting to the geopolitical realities of fighting "low intensity" conflicts. In essence, he demonstrates that pragmatism has won out over dogmatism. At a time when American policymakers remain similarly conflicted about future defense strategies, Campbell's work will undoubtedly shape and guide the debate"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
Military Realism
Flexible Response, the Nuclear Battlefield, and Counterinsurgency: Kennedy and Army Doctrine in the 1960s
Army Doctrine in the Shadow of Vietnam: Field Manual 100-5, Operations, 1968
From Active Defense to AirLand Battle: The Cold War Doctrine of the '70s and '80s
The Power Projection Army: Doctrine in the Post-Cold War Era until the Eve of September 11
Transforming under Fire: The Global War on Terror, Counterinsurgency, Iraq, and Operations 2008.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Description based on print version record.
ISBN:
0-8262-7426-9
OCLC:
1073037587
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