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The Army after Next

The Army after Next


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Spurred by the belief that RMA represented the future, the Department of Defense (DoD) set out to transform the U.S. armed forces by adopting RMA concepts. Led by President George W. Bush and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, the DoD spent billions in an attempt to make the hypothetical capabilities real, changing the entire structure of the armed forces as a result. The services, the media, Congress, and the military industry each had its own agenda, all of which continue to come into play in the development of RMA strategies. The interplay of politics, technology, and military reality offers a fascinating narrative.

Sure to be found controversial by some, compelling by all, this is the only available book-length examination of the way the U.S. Army and Department of Defense have tried to create the capabilities promised by the high-tech Revolution in Military Affairs. Of more immediate concern, it is also the only in-depth account of the effect RMA and transformation concepts had on the American operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. Many of the problems in both Iraq and Afghanistan, author Thomas K. Adams argues, arose from the DoD's implacable desire to implement RMA-driven transformation concepts--whether they were appropriate or not. What we need to do, he maintains, is to fight the war we have, not the war we want.


About the Author:

Thomas K. Adams is a national security consultant based in the Washington, DC area. He is the author of US Special Operations: The Challenge of Unconventional Warfare and numerous articles dealing with military and national security subjects. He is a veteran of 34 years military service, principally in intelligence and special operations at tactical, operational, and strategic levels from Vietnam to Bosnia. Later, as a civilian, he assisted and supported counterterrorist investigations worldwide.


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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780275981075
  • Publisher: Praeger
  • Publisher Imprint: Praeger
  • Depth: 32
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: Y
  • Spine Width: 31 mm
  • Weight: 652 gr
  • ISBN-10: 027598107X
  • Publisher Date: 01 Oct 2006
  • Binding: Hardback
  • Height: 237 mm
  • No of Pages: 336
  • Series Title: Praeger Security International
  • Sub Title: The First Postindustrial Army
  • Width: 165 mm


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