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Author Campbell, Peter P., author

Title Military realism : the logic and limits of force and innovation in the US Army / Peter Campbell
Published Columbia, Missouri : University of Missouri Press, [2019]
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 374 pages)
Series The American military experience series
American military experience series
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
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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Military doctrine -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Military doctrine -- United States -- History -- 21st century
HISTORY / Military / Other
HISTORY / Military / Strategy.
HISTORY / Military / United States.
Military doctrine.
Military policy.
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Military Science
United States -- Military policy
United States.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2018055464
ISBN 0826274269 electronic book
9780826274267 electronic book
hardcover