The Future of the Army Profession, Revised and Expanded Second Edition / Edition 2

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Four years ago recognized scholars of the military, both in uniform and in civilian institutions, believed that during the drawdown of the 1990s the Army had become much too bureaucratic, losing much of its essential and historic character as a vocational profession. Together they produced the highly-acclaimed first edition of The Future of the Army Profession, whose editors summarized the project with the words given to field researchers by a frustrated Army Major:

“How can I be a professional, if there is no profession?”

Now, after extended operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, new research from a similar group of scholars shows that many aspects of profession have been restored, especially in the field Army. But can the strategic leaders of the Army now capture and maintain that professionalism while simultaneously fighting a war and transforming the Army? On this question, the most informed perspectives available are contained in the seven parts of this 2d edition and they argue that the Army’s leaders must do so if they are to be successful in either endeavor. Organized around the profession’s expert knowledge, this text is designed for the development of military professionals at all levels, as well as for civilian courses in national security and military affairs.

The Future of the Army Profession is listed in: The U.S. Army Chief of Staff’s Professional Reading List published by the U.S. Army Center for Military History,

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073536095
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 4/22/2005
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 792
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Don M. Snider is Professor of Political Science, teaching seminars in military innovation/adaptation and civil-military relations in the Department of Social Sciences at West Point. He has been a member of the civilian faculty of the U.S. Military Academy since 1998, having previously held the Olin Chair in National Security Studies, 1995-1998. Earlier, he completed a military career which included three combat tours in the Republic of Vietnam and, much later, service on the staff of the National Security Council, The White House. He retired from the Office of the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, in 1990. Dr. Snider’s current research and publications focus on military culture and ethics, the gap between the military and American society, officership, and U.S. security policy towards Europe.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Part I. The Study of Military Professions1. The U.S. Army as Profession—Don M. Snider2. Expertise, Jurisdiction, and Legitimacy of the Military Profession—James Burk3. Anti-Intellectualism and the Army Profession—Lloyd J. Matthews4. Serving the American People: A Historical View of the Army Profession—Leonard Wong and Douglas V. Johnson IIPart II. Officership and the Army Profession 5. In Their Own Words: Army Officers Discuss Their Profession—Gayle L. Watkins and Randi C. Cohen6. The Multiple Identities of the Professional Army OfficerDon M. Snider, John Nagl, Paul Yingling, Tony Pfaff Suzanne Nielsen7. Army Officership for the Joint Expeditionary Mindset—Richard Swain8. Professional Identity Development for 21st Century Army Officers—George B. Forsythe, Scott Snook, Philip Lewis, and Paul T. BartonePart III. The Expert Knowledge of the Army Profession 9. Mapping Army Professional Expertise and Clarifying Jurisdictions of Practice—Richard Lacquement10. Opportunity for the Army: Defense Transformation and a New Joint Military Profession—Don M. Snider and Jeffrey Peterson11. A Return to the Army's Roots: Governance, Stabilization, and Reconstruction—Nadia Schadlow, Charles Barry, and Richard Lacquement12. Losing Control of the Profession through Outsourcing?—Deborah AvantPart IV. The Army's Military-Technical Expertise13. The Digital Battlefield: Transformation Efforts and The Army's Future Professional Jurisdictions—Elizabeth A. Stanley and G. F. Deimel14. Professionalism and Army Doctrine: A Losing Battle—James A. Blackwell15. New Requirements for Army Expert Knowledge: Afghanistan and Iraq—Michael J. Meese and Sean M. Morgan16. Transforming the Army's Way of Battle: Revising Our Abstract Knowledge—Antulio J. Echevarria IIPart V. The Army Profession and the Army Ethos17. The Moral Foundations of Army Officership—John Mark Mattox18. Military Ethics in Complex Contingencies—Tony Pfaff19. The Impact of Transformation on the Army Professional Ethic—R. D. Hooker, Jr.Part VI. The Premier Expertise-Human/Leader Development20. Principles for Building the Profession: The SOF Experience—T. O. Jacobs and Michael G. Sanders21. The Human, Spiritual, and Ethical Dimensions of Leadership in Preparation for Combat—John W. Brinsfield and Peter A. Baktis22. Why Professionals Fight: Combat Motivation in the Iraq War—Leonard Wong23. McDonaldization in the U.S. Army: A Threat to the Profession—Remi Hajjar and Morten G. Ender24. The Need to Develop Expert Knowledge of the Military Family—Todd D. Woodruff and Thomas A. Kolditz25. Developing and Using Army General Officers—Margaret C. Harrell, Harry J. Thie, Peter Schirmer, and Kevin Brancato26. From Reserve to Full Partner: Transforming Reserve Professionals—Dallas D. Owens27. Leadership Development: Beyond Traits and Competencies—George Reed, Craig Bullis, Ruth Collins, and Christopher Paparone28. Strategic Leadership of the Army Profession—Leonard Wong and Don M. SniderPart VII. The Army Profession and Its Political-Cultural Expertise29. Rules of the Game? The Weinberger Doctrine and the American Use of Force—Suzanne C. Nielsen30. Infusing Normative Civil-Military Relations Principles in the Officer Corps—Marybeth Peterson Ulrich31. Army Professionalism: Service to What Ends?—Martin L. Cook32. Professional Leadership and Diversity in the Army—Mady Wechsler Segal and Chris Bourg33. Root, Miles, and Carter: Political-Cultural Expertise and an Earlier Army Transformation—Matthew Moten

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