Icarus Syndrome/Ppr / Edition 1

Icarus Syndrome/Ppr / Edition 1

by Carl H. Builder
     
 

ISBN-10: 0765809931

ISBN-13: 9780765809933

Pub. Date: 10/01/2002

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

At the end of the Reagan era, many in the U.S. Air Force began to express their concerns about the health of their institution. They questioned whether the Air Force had lost its sense of direction, its confidence, its values, even its future. For some, these concerns reflected nothing more than the maturation of the most youthful of America's military

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At the end of the Reagan era, many in the U.S. Air Force began to express their concerns about the health of their institution. They questioned whether the Air Force had lost its sense of direction, its confidence, its values, even its future. For some, these concerns reflected nothing more than the maturation of the most youthful of America's military institutions. For others it was a crisis of spirit that threatened the hard-won independence of the Air Force.

Although the diagnoses for this malaise are as numerous as its symptoms, The Icarus Syndrome points a finger at the abandonment of air power theory sometime in the late 1950s to early 1960s as the single, taproot cause of the problems. That provocative diagnosis is followed by an equally provocative prescription the Air Force must follow to regain its institutional health.

Author Carl H. Builder begins with an overview of this crisis of values within the Air Force, along with a litany of concerns about what seems to have gone wrong within that institution. The history of the U.S. Air Force, along with the role played in it by air power theory, is explored and is used to support Builder's thesis. The remainder of the book is an analysis of what went wrong and when, how these wrongs might be corrected, and the challenges for Air Force leadership in the future. Now available in paperback, The Icarus Syndrome will be of great interest to U.S. Air Force professionals, military and aviation historians, and institutional psychologists.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765809933
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
10/01/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
324
Sales rank:
1,274,858
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.73(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. ITaking Bearings1
1A View of the Air Force Today3
2Is There a Problem?17
3The Icarus Syndrome27
Pt. IICreation39
4The Precursors41
5The Prophets49
6The Theory59
7Prophesy69
Pt. IIIExploitation81
8The Apostles83
9Founding the Church97
10The Test of Fire107
11The Practitioners123
12Breaking Free133
13Realization145
Pt. IVErosion153
14The Technology Janus155
15New Dimensions165
16Slow Fall from Grace179
Pt. VFailure Analysis191
17Picking Up the Pieces193
18Crash Analysis203
Pt. VIThe Weather Ahead217
19Making Painful Choices219
20A Changing World233
21The New Security Environment247
Pt. VIISetting the Compass259
22Mission Desiderata261
23From Mission to Vision269
24A Theory to Fly By281
Index293

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