Victory at Risk: Restoring America's Military Power: A New War Plan for the Pentagon [NOOK Book]

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Our combat readiness to fight a conventional war is in freefall.  This is the alarm sounded with clarity, authority, and conviction in Victory at Risk, a veteran Army officer and policymaker’s deeply disturbing critique of today’s U. S. military establishment.  Major General Michael W. Davidson, a decorated combat veteran and one of our most distinguished Army commanders, describes an America in grave danger; a nation whose ability to bring peace and stability to trouble spots around the world has ...
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Victory at Risk: Restoring America's Military Power: A New War Plan for the Pentagon

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Overview

Our combat readiness to fight a conventional war is in freefall.  This is the alarm sounded with clarity, authority, and conviction in Victory at Risk, a veteran Army officer and policymaker’s deeply disturbing critique of today’s U. S. military establishment.  Major General Michael W. Davidson, a decorated combat veteran and one of our most distinguished Army commanders, describes an America in grave danger; a nation whose ability to bring peace and stability to trouble spots around the world has become seriously compromised as we have strayed from the bedrock sources of our past victories.

 

As General Davidson shows, the force that triumphed in Desert Storm was the muscular remnant of the Cold War military.  But today’s leaner military does not have the capacity to withstand misuse.  A passionate and informed spokesman for the military, the general describes a Pentagon that does not work, a White House that has politicized decision-making, and a Congress that has abdicated its responsibility for declaring war on behalf of the American people.  Drawing on the core lessons of the history of the United States, Davidson identifies the strengths that have brought victory and traces the path that has led us astray.  He argues in plain and commanding terms that our readiness to win futures wars--against China, Pakistan, Iran, or any other threat around the world--requires a reconsideration not only of weapons and strategy, but also of the national interests and obligations that compel us to arms.

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“The strategy—or lack thereof—for deploying our forces abroad is nil. We have none. We need the kind of thinking MG Mike Davidson possesses. He shows us how we can regain the upper hand!”

—Max Cleland, former U.S. Senator from Georgia and U.S. Army veteran

“For the President of the United States this book is must read. For those of us who vote in Presidential elections it is nearly as important that we read it too.”

—Bob Kerrey, former Governor, U.S. Senator (NE), Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, and 9/11 Commission member

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616732462
  • Publisher: MBI Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 2/15/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author


Michael W. Davidson is an articulate and passionate spokesman for the military he has served since 1969. Serving as an Airborne Ranger and a Green Beret during Vietnam, he returned home and rose eventually to serve as Assistant Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff for National Guard affairs. He has also served as the Deputy Commanding General, United States Army Special Operations Command. Davidson has been awarded a number of combat decorations including the Purple Heart. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction 1

Part I Adrift

Chapter 1 The Warfight 7

Chapter 2 The Pentagon 23

Chapter 3 Two Wars Against Iraq 35

Part II The Way Ahead

Chapter 4 The Next Strategy 49

Chapter 5 Precision Warfare 57

Chapter 6 The Next Force 65

Chapter 7 Re-tether the Force 79

Chapter 8 Rebalance the Force 89

Chapter 9 The Next Pentagon 99

Chapter 10 Global Power 121

Chapter 11 Dollar Power 135

Chapter 12 Generals and Admirals 145

Chapter 13 Presidents 169

Chapter 14 Soldiers 181

Part III Bedrock

Chapter 15 The Next War 195

Chapter 16 Our Last Victory 203

Chapter 17 Solutions 211

Notes 221

Index 237

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