Victory on the Potomac: The Goldwater-Nichols Act Unifies the Pentagon / Edition 1

Victory on the Potomac: The Goldwater-Nichols Act Unifies the Pentagon / Edition 1

by James R. Locher III
     
 

ISBN-10: 1585443980

ISBN-13: 9781585443987

Pub. Date: 05/14/2004

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

War is waged not only on battlefields. In the mid-1980s a high-stakes political struggle to redesign the relationships among the president, secretary of defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and warfighting commanders in the field resulted in the Goldwater-Nichols Act of 1986. Author James R. Locher III played a key role in the congressional…  See more details below

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War is waged not only on battlefields. In the mid-1980s a high-stakes political struggle to redesign the relationships among the president, secretary of defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and warfighting commanders in the field resulted in the Goldwater-Nichols Act of 1986. Author James R. Locher III played a key role in the congressional effort to repair a dysfunctional military whose interservice squabbling had cost American taxpayers billions of dollars and put the lives of thousands of servicemen and women at risk. Victory on this front helped make possible the military successes the United States has enjoyed since the passage of the bill and to prepare it for the challenges it must still face.Victory on the Potomac provides the first detailed history of how Congress unified the Pentagon and does so with the benefit of an insider's view. In a fast-paced account that reads like a novel, Locher follows the bill through congressional committee to final passage, making clear that the process is neither abstract nor automatic. His vivid descriptions bring to life the amazing cast of this real-life drama, from the straight-shooting chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Barry Goldwater, to the peevishly stubborn secretary of defense, Caspear Weinberger.Locher's analysis of political maneuvering and bureaucratic infighting will fascinate anyone who has an interest in how government works, and his understanding of the stakes in military reorganization will make clear why this legislative victory meant so much to American military capability.

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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585443987
Publisher:
Texas A&M University Press
Publication date:
05/14/2004
Series:
Williams-Ford Texas A&M University Military History Series, #79
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
544
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.21(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword
Acknowledgments
List of Acronyms
Prologue: Turf, Power, Service3
Pt. 1The Fog of Defense Organization
Ch. 1The Rise of Service Supremacists15
Ch. 2Jones Breaks Ranks33
Ch. 3The House Fires the First Shot59
Ch. 4Texas Politics82
Ch. 5Unfinished Business94
Ch. 6Misfire in the Senate113
Pt. 2Drawing Battle Lines
Ch. 7Beirut141
Ch. 8Scholars and Old Soldiers164
Ch. 9Nichols Runs Tower's Blockade181
Ch. 10Crowe Makes Waves195
Ch. 11Coldwater and Nunn Close Ranks213
Ch. 12Weinberger Stonewalls234
Ch. 13Naval Gunfire252
Pt. 3Marshaling Forces
Ch. 14McFarlane Outflanks the Pentagon277
Ch. 15Trench Warfare299
Ch. 16Playing the Media Card320
Ch. 17Gathering of Eagles333
Ch. 18Expedition into Hostile Territory346
Pt. 4March to Victory
Ch. 19Seizing the High Ground357
Ch. 20Transition to the Offensive374
Ch. 21The Packard Commission Reinforces391
Ch. 22The Decisive Battle399
Ch. 23Mopping-Up Operations414
Ch. 24The Commander in Chief Approves429
Epilogue: Unified at Last437
Notes451
Index507

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