Breaking the Phalanx: A New Design for Landpower in the 21st Century

Hardcover | January 1, 1997

byDouglas A. MacGregor, Center for Strategic & International Stu

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This work proposes the reorganization of America's ground forces on the strategic, operational and tactical levels. Central to the proposal is the simple thesis that the U.S. Army must take control of its future by exploiting the emerging revolution in military affairs. The analysis argues that a new Army warfighting organization will not only be more deployable and effective in Joint operations; reorganized information age ground forces will be significantly less expensive to operate, maintain, and modernize than the Army's current Cold War division-based organizations. And while ground forces must be equipped with the newest Institute weapons, new technology will not fulfill its promise of shaping the battlefield to American advantage if new devices are not merely grafted on to old organizations that are not specifically disigned to exploit them. It is not enough to rely on the infusion of new, expensive technology into the American defense establishment to preserve America's strategic dominance in the next century. The work makes it clear that planes, ships, and missiles cannot do the job of defending America's global serurity interests alone. The United States must opt for reform and reorganization of the nation's ground forces and avoid repeating Britain's historic mistake of always fielding an effective army just in time to avoid defeat, but too late to deter an aggressor.

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This work proposes the reorganization of America's ground forces on the strategic, operational and tactical levels. Central to the proposal is the simple thesis that the U.S. Army must take control of its future by exploiting the emerging revolution in military affairs. The analysis argues that a new Army warfighting organization will ...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.46 × 6.4 × 1.11 inPublished:January 1, 1997Publisher:Praeger Publishers

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ISBN - 10:0275957934

ISBN - 13:9780275957933

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?If you want a glimpse of the Army's likely shape in a few year's time, there's a book you should be reading....The book is Breaking the Phalanx...and it is flying off bookstore shelves at the installations where the future of the service is being decided....It has sparked debate and discussion not only among the field-grade officers...but also among the Army's most senior leaders. Chief of Staff Gen. Dennis Reimer, for example, has said Breaking the Phalanx will have an impact on the Army's future, and he has recommended that his general officers read it....(It) is controversial because it reflects the views of many field-grade officers, as well as those of some generals, that the Army is not adapting quickly enough to the warfighting demands of the 21st century.??Army Times