The Modern American Military

The Modern American Military

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by David Kennedy
     
 

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The advent of the all-volunteer force and the evolving nature of modern warfare have transformed our military, changing it in serious if subtle ways that few Americans are aware of. Edited by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Kennedy, this stimulating volume brings together insights from a remarkable group of scholars, who shed important new light on the… See more details below

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The advent of the all-volunteer force and the evolving nature of modern warfare have transformed our military, changing it in serious if subtle ways that few Americans are aware of. Edited by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Kennedy, this stimulating volume brings together insights from a remarkable group of scholars, who shed important new light on the changes effecting today's armed forces.

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Publishers Weekly
When the draft was abolished in 1973, proponents of an all-volunteer army enthusiastically looked forward to a cheaper, more democratic, and more accountable military. What they didn’t foresee was the slow and steady critical disengagement of Congress, citizens, and the media from the goings-on of the armed forces. In the 91st Congress (1969–1971), 78% of its members had served in the military; today that number has dropped to 22%. And unlike the Vietnam War, which produced fierce opposition in Congress, today’s wars are more difficult to criticize on the floors of the Senate or House: members have learned to fear the “political fallout from charges of ‘not supporting the troops.’” In an attempt to reeducate and reengage the public, Pulitzer Prize–winning historian and Stanford professor Kennedy (Freedom from Fear) convenes 13 scholars from around the country to weigh in on timely topics like women in the military, the shift from a reliance on the “citizen-soldier” to the “warrior-professional,” military justice, weapons technology, and the business and ethics of military contractors. Academic yet accessible, this volume offers thoughtful and occasionally disturbing insights into the workings of the world’s most powerful war machine. (June)
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"Academic yet accessible, this volume offers thoughtful and occasionally disturbing insights into the workings of the world's most powerful war machine." --Publishers Weekly

"The world has changed dramatically for the American military in recent years. The volunteer army, re-examined in this book, has seen increased media scrutiny, questions arising from the use of contractors in war zones, and-of course-new technologies like remotely piloted aircraft that have dramatically changed the nature of warfare. And yet there are few scholarly works that look comprehensively at the challenges that the armed forces face and the responses that are required. The thoughtful essays in David Kennedy's new book explore this uniquely American institution both through the lens of history and current circumstances. We owe it to our servicemen and women and to those who command them to examine critically and debate the state of military affairs. This book is a significant contribution to that cause."-Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State

"The Modern American Military is essential reading. It brightly illuminates how profoundly the armed services have changed with the advent of new enemies, new weapons, new doctrines and a new generation of volunteer forces. Equally important, it insightfully shows how those changes are reshaping the critical relationship between the American military and American society."-Philip Taubman, former New York Times Washington bureau chief, consulting professor at Stanford University and author of The Partnership, Five Cold Warriors and Their Quest to Ban the Bomb

"A collection of incisive and controversial essays covering matters as diverse - and essential - as military culture and technology, contracting and doctrine, this is a book for anyone interested in the armed forces of what remains the most powerful country on earth."-Eliot A. Cohen, Robert E. Osgood Professor of Strategic Studies, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

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ISBN-13:
9780199895946
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
06/07/2013
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
1,400,322
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

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