The U.S. military is the worlds strongest. They are equipped with weapons of remarkable accuracy & unprecedented destructive power. Recent events in Somalia & the Balkans have aptly demonstrated, however, the profound limitations of firepower in limited conflicts of low intensity. Yet, these are the kinds of war we are most likely to encounter in the future. Scales examines this problem through his analysis of the role of firepower in the wars in Indochina, the Soviet war in Afghanistan, the Falklands War, & the Gulf War. This book is must reading for everyone interested in national defense & all military professionals. Illustrated.