The Modern American Military by David M. KennedyThe Modern American Military by David M. Kennedy

The Modern American Military

EditorDavid M. Kennedy

Paperback | May 13, 2015

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The advent of the all-volunteer force and the evolving nature of modern warfare have transformed our military, changing it in serious if subtle ways that few Americans are aware of. Edited by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Kennedy, this stimulating volume brings together insightsfrom a remarkable group of scholars, who shed important new light on the changes effecting today's armed forces. Beginning with a Foreword by former Secretary of Defense William J. Perry, the contributors take an historical approach as they explore the ever-changing strategic, political, and fiscal contexts in which the armed forces are trained and deployed, and the constantly shifting objectives that they aretasked to achieve in the post-9/11 environment. They also offer strong points of view. Lawrence Freedman, for instance, takes the leadership to task for uncritically embracing the high-tech Revolution in Military Affairs when "conventional" warfare seems increasingly unlikely. And eminentpsychiatrist Jonathan Shay warns that the post-battle effects of what he terms "moral wounds" currently receive inadequate attention from the military and the medical profession. Perhaps most troubling, Karl Eikenberry raises the issue of the "political ownership" of the military in an era ofall-volunteer service, citing the argument that, absent the political protest common to the draft era, government decision-makers felt free to carry out military operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Andrew Bacevich goes further, writing that "it's no longer our army; it hasn't been for years;it's theirs [the government's] and they intend to keep it."Looking at such issues as who serves and why, the impact of non-uniformed "contractors" in the war zone, and the growing role of women in combat, this volume brings together leading thinkers who illuminate the American military at the beginning of the twenty-first century.
David M. Kennedy is the Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History at Stanford University and the Director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West. He won the Bancroft Prize for Birth Control in America: The Career of Margaret Sanger, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Over Here: The First World War and American Society, and...
Title:The Modern American MilitaryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.1 × 0.98 inPublished:May 13, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Lawrence Freedman: The Counterrevolution in Strategic Affairs2. Brian McAllister Linn: The U.S. Armed Forces' View of War3. Thomas G. Mahnken: Weapons: The Growth and Spread of the Precision-Strike Regime4. Robert L. Goldich: American Military Culture from Colony to Empire5. David R. Segal and Lawrence J. Korb: Manning and Financing the Twenty-First-Century All-Volunteer Force6. Deborah Avant and Renee de Nevers: Military Contractors and the American Way of War7. Jay Winter: Filming War8. James Sheehan: The Future of Conscription: Some Comparative Reflections9. Andrew J. Bacevich: Whose Army?10. Karl W. Eikenberry: Reassessing the All-Volunteer Force11. Charles J. Dunlap Jr.: Military Justice12. Michelle Sandhoff and Mady Wechsler Segal: Women in the U.S. Military: The Evolution of Gender Norms and Military Requirements13. Jonathan Shay: CasualtiesIndex

Editorial Reviews

"A collection of incisive and controversial essays covering matters as diverse - and essential - as military culture and technology, contracting and doctrine, this is a book for anyone interested in the armed forces of what remains the most powerful country on earth." --Eliot A. Cohen, Robert E. Osgood Professor of Strategic Studies, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies