Joint Military Operations: A Short History / Edition 1

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This short history is the first broad and selective survey of the phenomenon known as jointness—the co-operative operations of land and naval forces until the twentieth-century and of land, sea, and air forces since World War I. Touching on operational, doctrinal, and political dimensions, the survey ranges from the ancient Mediterranean to recent times while focusing on European and American experiences from the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries, including Desert Storm. Illustrative cases and reference materials are attuned to the interests of scholars, defense analysts, and students of military affairs.

Jointness, subject of major concern to military historians, policymakers, politicians, and military professionals has in the past been covered within certain periods on a case by case or topical basis. This history begins instead with a broad survey from ancient to modern times and then focuses more closley on joint operations since World War I with wide-ranging examples to illustrate trends and patterns of Jointness. The survey closes with a discussion of the central problem of friction and other paradoxes connected with joint military operations. A selected bibliography provides an array of sources both for general readers and military professionals. Maps and appendices further enrich this important history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313267444
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/30/1993
  • Series: Contributions in Military Studies Series , #13
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.41 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

ROGER A. BEAUMONT, Professor of History, Texas A&M University, has specialized in the study of command and control and of special operations and elite units.

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Table of Contents

1 Varieties of Jointness: From Ancient to Modern 1
2 Dark and Swift Narrows: World War I 41
3 Backwaters and Rivulets: Jointness Between the World Wars 65
4 The Cresting Torrent: Jointness in World War II 85
5 Fitful Ebb and Flow: Jointness from 1943 to 1991 127
6 Patterns and Paradoxes: The Central Problem of Friction 185
Appendix 1: Principal Events Relating to Jointness in the U.S. Defense Nexus, 1943-1946 199
Appendix 2: Some Official Definitions Related to Jointness 201
Select Bibliography 203
Index 215
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