The Masks of War: American Military Styles in Strategy and Analysis: A RAND Corporation Research Study / Edition 1

The Masks of War: American Military Styles in Strategy and Analysis: A RAND Corporation Research Study / Edition 1

by Carl Builder
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801837766

ISBN-13: 9780801837760

Pub. Date: 02/01/1989

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

Why was the Navy ready to clear the skies over the Persian Gulf, yet surprised by the mines laid under it? Why is it that the Army is always prepared for war in Europe, but was caught off guard in Korea and Vietnam? And why is the Air Force indifferent to "Star Wars"?

In The Masks of War Carl H. Builder asks what motives lie behind the puzzling and often

Overview

Why was the Navy ready to clear the skies over the Persian Gulf, yet surprised by the mines laid under it? Why is it that the Army is always prepared for war in Europe, but was caught off guard in Korea and Vietnam? And why is the Air Force indifferent to "Star Wars"?

In The Masks of War Carl H. Builder asks what motives lie behind the puzzling and often contradictory behavior of America's military forces. The answer, he finds, has little to do with what party controls the White House or who writes the budget. Far more powerful -- and glacially resistant to change -- are the entrenched institutions and distinct "personalities" of the three armed services themselves.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801837760
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
02/01/1989
Series:
Rand Corporation Research Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
260
Sales rank:
516,951
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.59(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Forewordix
Prefacexi
Part IPersonalities1
1The Masks of War3
2Five Faces of the Service Personalities17
3The Service Identities and Behavior31
Part IIStrategy45
4What Is Strategy?47
5Service Strategies57
6The Air Strategy67
7The Navy and Strategy74
8The Army and Strategy86
Part IIIAnalysis93
9What Is Analysis?95
10Service Styles toward Analysis104
11Images of Conflict115
Part IVImplications125
12The Service Concepts of War127
13Military Commitments to Combat143
14Implications for Military Planning154
15Implications for Regional Security168
Part VProspects183
16The Army's Identity Crisis185
17Implications for the Future194
Notes207
Bibliography231
Index235

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