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Finding the Target: The Transformation of American Military Policy

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In Finding the Target, Frederick Kagan describes the three basic transformations within the U.S. military since Vietnam. First was the move to an all-volunteer force and a new generation of weapons systems in the 1970s. Second was the emergence of stealth technology and precision-guided munitions in the 1980s. Third was the information technology that followed the fall of the Soviet Union and the first Golf War. This last could have insured the U.S. continuing military preeminence, but this goal was compromised ...
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Overview


In Finding the Target, Frederick Kagan describes the three basic transformations within the U.S. military since Vietnam. First was the move to an all-volunteer force and a new generation of weapons systems in the 1970s. Second was the emergence of stealth technology and precision-guided munitions in the 1980s. Third was the information technology that followed the fall of the Soviet Union and the first Golf War. This last could have insured the U.S. continuing military preeminence, but this goal was compromised by Clinton's drawing down of our armed forces in the 1990s and Bush's response to 9/11 and the global war on terror.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594032042
  • Publisher: Encounter Books
  • Publication date: 10/25/2007
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents


List of Abbreviations     vii
Introduction     ix
Recovering from Vietnam     3
The Reagan Revolution     74
A Revolution in Airpower Theory     103
The New World Order and the Revolution in Military Affairs     144
Peace, War, and In-Between     176
Transformation in a Strategic Pause     199
Reinventing Transformation: Network-Centric Warfare     254
A Revolutionary War     287
Iraq and the Future of Transformation     323
The Way Forward     360
Conclusion     393
Acknowledgments     399
Notes     403
Bibliography     425
Index     435
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