Victory on the Potomac: The Goldwater-Nichols Act Unifies the Pentagon

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About the Author:
James R. Locher III, a graduate of West Point and Harvard Business School, began his career in Washington as an executive trainee in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He has worked in the White House, the Pentagon, and the Senate. During the period covered by this book, he was a staff member for the Senate Committee on Armed Services. Since then, he has served as an assistant secretary of defense in the first Bush and the early Clinton administrations. Currently, he works as a consultant and lecturer on defense matters.

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Edward C. Meyer
. . . provides superb insight into how the system works in the marble, stone, and cement battlefields of Washington . . . should make the participants of future battles within our defense establishment more knowledgeable about how the system works so they can be the masters of change--and not its victims.
— General (U.S. Army (Ret.), Proceedings
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585441877
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2002
  • Series: Texas A&M University Military History Series
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 1.73 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword
Acknowledgments
List of Acronyms
Prologue: Turf, Power, Service 3
Pt. 1 The Fog of Defense Organization
Ch. 1 The Rise of Service Supremacists 15
Ch. 2 Jones Breaks Ranks 33
Ch. 3 The House Fires the First Shot 59
Ch. 4 Texas Politics 82
Ch. 5 Unfinished Business 94
Ch. 6 Misfire in the Senate 113
Pt. 2 Drawing Battle Lines
Ch. 7 Beirut 141
Ch. 8 Scholars and Old Soldiers 164
Ch. 9 Nichols Runs Tower's Blockade 181
Ch. 10 Crowe Makes Waves 195
Ch. 11 Coldwater and Nunn Close Ranks 213
Ch. 12 Weinberger Stonewalls 234
Ch. 13 Naval Gunfire 252
Pt. 3 Marshaling Forces
Ch. 14 McFarlane Outflanks the Pentagon 277
Ch. 15 Trench Warfare 299
Ch. 16 Playing the Media Card 320
Ch. 17 Gathering of Eagles 333
Ch. 18 Expedition into Hostile Territory 346
Pt. 4 March to Victory
Ch. 19 Seizing the High Ground 357
Ch. 20 Transition to the Offensive 374
Ch. 21 The Packard Commission Reinforces 391
Ch. 22 The Decisive Battle 399
Ch. 23 Mopping-Up Operations 414
Ch. 24 The Commander in Chief Approves 429
Epilogue: Unified at Last 437
Notes 451
Index 507
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