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By Brian Hanley

This booklet goals to serve the army occupation, and so the nationwide curiosity, by way of supporting to generate clever reform of the way the defense force teach, teach, and advertise officials who form our army procedure and write our struggle plans. Readers will notice the pro and highbrow development that large interpreting within the masters of ancient narrative deals to them. the 1st bankruptcy, classes no longer realized, surveys our strategic documents-and their fresh applications-and bargains feedback and proposals. the second one bankruptcy, Transformation Ballyhoo, evaluates our present efforts at army transformation and provides another method of rehabilitating our defense force. The 3rd bankruptcy, The mind of a military, deals principles on development a primary Joint struggle university. Chapters 4 via six specialize in army campaigns: France 1940; Stalingrad; North Africa, 1940-43. The subject is that ethical and highbrow traits be certain the destiny of armies in conflict, and that fabric and bureaucratic equipment are usually not approximately so important as we appear to imagine these days.

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The monograph is adorned with endnotes—more than one hundred of them—thus giving it the appearance of hard research in the service of an original point of view. The information, however, is corralled, rather than marshaled and interpreted. Most of the references are to governmental publications, with a collection of newspaper articles and a few academic books thrown into the mix. ” Ridiculous though the assumption may be that civil society resembles a tinker toy, the urge—instinctual to the bureaucrat and the technician—to impose a factitious order on a refractory and murky reality goes further: The 135 tasks are organized into 21 categories, and rated as essential, critical, or important for the commander of coalition military forces.

If Franks’ memoir is any indication, there seems to be in play a fatalism of sorts in regard to how military officers view the shortcomings of Operation Iraqi Freedom. ” Franks would thus have us believe that things have gone badly in Iraq postcombat operations, not because of inept planning, but because of ineluctable forces of history. Such a viewpoint is nonsense. It is the planner’s job to confront chaos and either bend it to suit his ends or limit its impact. In Iraq we very well may have accomplished the opposite.

CENTCOM had many capabilities—engineering skills and equipment, medical teams, and Arabic-speaking civil affairs specialists,” Franks notes. ” Why, then, was not a compelling case made for these resources if such deficiencies would frustrate the objective behind going to war in the first place? If Franks’ memoir is any indication, there seems to be in play a fatalism of sorts in regard to how military officers view the shortcomings of Operation Iraqi Freedom. ” Franks would thus have us believe that things have gone badly in Iraq postcombat operations, not because of inept planning, but because of ineluctable forces of history.

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