Silent Knights

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Since the end of the Vietnam War, more than 15,000 members of the U.S. armed forces have died in mishaps.  The vast majority of these deaths were preventable.

The sad fact is that safety is rarely a top priority for military leaders.  When accidents occur, the investigations are often bungled, finding a scapegoat is all too common, and over-ups abound because the final Safety Investigation Board reports are classified. 

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Overview

Since the end of the Vietnam War, more than 15,000 members of the U.S. armed forces have died in mishaps.  The vast majority of these deaths were preventable.

The sad fact is that safety is rarely a top priority for military leaders.  When accidents occur, the investigations are often bungled, finding a scapegoat is all too common, and over-ups abound because the final Safety Investigation Board reports are classified. 

From an expert who observed the system from the inside, Silent Knights reveals some of the military's most unsettling secrets.  Dr. Alan E. Diehl explains the complex causes of military accidents in layman's terms and helps readers understand the dangers of undervaluing safety, health, ergonomics, and training in the military.  He describes how cover-ups have long caused countless deaths and wasted billions of taxpayer's dollars while degrading defense effectiveness. Diehl calls for a new "GI Bill of Rights" that would improve the safety and health of military personnel and establish an independent agency to investigate military accidents.  This book is for anyone concerned about America's defense and the well-being of the men and women who bravely provide it.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780884864066
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 2/15/2007
  • Pages: 384

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. I Betrayal of Trust 1
1 Nexus of the Nightmare 3
2 First Blood 14
3 Deadly Debacles 24
4 Safety Last 36
5 Institutionalized Abuses 48
Pt. II Flying Fiascoes 57
6 Beneath Human Error 59
7 Accepted Risk 73
8 Skeletons in the Closet 81
9 Abuse of Privilege 96
10 Unlearned Lessons 105
11 Just Plane Fun 116
Pt. III Tri-Service Tragedies 131
12 Unfriendly Fire 133
13 One of the Boys 147
14 Anchors Awry 163
15 High-Tech Holocausts 176
Pt. IV Wild Blue Yonder 187
16 Chariot of Fire 189
17 The Bell Tolls for Thee 205
18 Cheating Life 216
19 Accountability Run Amok 225
Pt. V After the Whistle 235
20 Pandora's Five-Sided Box 237
21 Damage Control 245
22 A Plethora of Plagues 260
23 Ill Wind 271
Pt. VI Righteous Remedies 281
24 Walls of Shame 283
25 Saving Private Leland 300
Notes 311
Index 335
About the Author 337
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