Military Advising and Assistance

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This volume presents a number of case studies of military advisors and missions in order to provide clear historical examples of the evolution, functioning and motives of foreign military advising in the modern era.

Containing essays by US contributors covering a wide range of countries and spanning nearly 200 years of history, the case studies show the evolution of foreign military advising from ill-organized mercenary units, to professional, government-sponsored teams driven ...

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Military Advising and Assistance: From Mercenaries to Privatization, 1815-2007

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Overview

This volume presents a number of case studies of military advisors and missions in order to provide clear historical examples of the evolution, functioning and motives of foreign military advising in the modern era.

Containing essays by US contributors covering a wide range of countries and spanning nearly 200 years of history, the case studies show the evolution of foreign military advising from ill-organized mercenary units, to professional, government-sponsored teams driven by a desire to cultivate political and economic influence, to Cold War tools for pursuing ideological aims, nation building, and modernization, to post-Cold War elements of alliance integration. Finally, the book highlights the increasing present-day role of private corporations, some of which provide complete military forces, thereby bringing the evolution of foreign military advising full circle.

This book will be of interest to students of military history, civil-military relations, peacekeeping, security studies and political science in general.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780415582988
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Publication date: 1/22/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents


List of contributors     xi
The history and evolution of foreign military advising and assistance, 1815-2007   Donald Stoker     1
Missions or mercenaries? European military advisors in Mehmed Ali's Egypt, 1815-1848   John P. Dunn     11
The impact of foreign advisors on Chile's armed forces, 1810-2005   William F. Sater     26
Buying influence, selling arms, undermining a friend: the French naval mission to Poland and the development of the Polish Navy, 1923-1932   Donald Stoker     42
Uneasy intelligence collaboration, genuine ill will, with an admixture of ideology: the British Military Mission to the Soviet Union, 1941-1945   Alaric Searle     61
American advisors to the Republic of Korea: America's first commitment in the Cold War, 1946-1950   Bryan R. Gibby     81
The French-Algerian War, 1954-1962: Communist China's support for Algerian independence   Donovan C. Chau     111
Relegated to the backseat: Farm Gate and the failure of the US air advisory effort in South Vietnam, 1961-1963   Edward B. Westermann     127
Ruminations of a wooly mammoth, or training and advising in counterinsurgency and elsewhere during the Cold War   John D. Waghelstein     151
"Imperial grunts" revisited: the US advisory mission in Colombia   Douglas Porch   Christopher W. Muller     168
Training the new Afghan tank force: a multi-national advisory mission, 2 June 2003 to 3 December 2003   Jonathan Byrom     192
The evolution of combined USMC/Iraqi army operations: a company commander's perspective, Fallujah, Iraq, September 2005 to April 2006   William H. Grube     210
A justified heaping of the blame? An assessment of privately supplied security sector training and reform in Iraq - 2003-2005 and beyond   Christopher Spearin     224
The transformation of private military training   Patrick Cullen     239
Select bibliography     253
Index     258
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