In view of Iraq, Afghanistan, and the ongoing war against terrorism, the importance of land warfare seems certain to grow. This timely book, by Major General Robert H. Scales Jr., draws upon a long and distinguished military career and wars dating back to Korea for lessons for America's future land wars. He looks at Afghanistan and Iraq, and ahead to a wargame scenario of 'Kosovo 2020,' to develop a picture of the American style of war. High-tech, firepower-driven, and risk-averse, the American precision land war machine must ever guard against complacency and adaptive enemies. Despite superiority on almost every front, the U.S. armed forces have been effectively challenged on battlefields near and far. War remains as much art as science, and General Scales shows us what to expect if we substitute science and technology wholesale for the understanding of history and humanity.
About the Author
Robert H. Scales Jr. was appointed president and CEO of Walden University in 2000. In December 2002 he was promoted to senior vice president of Sylvan Learning Systems, the parent company of Walden University. Prior to joining the private sector Dr. Scales served over thirty years in the army, retiring as a major general. He commanded two units in Vietnam, winning the Silver Star for action during the battles around Dong Ap Bia (Hamburger Hill) during the summer of 1969. Subsequently, he served in command and staff positions in the United States, Germany, and Korea and ended his military career as Commandant of the United States Army War College. He has written and lectured on warfare to academic, government, military, and business groups in the United States, Australia, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and South America. He is the author of two books on military history: Certain Victory, the official account of the army in the Gulf War and Firepower in Limited War, a history of the evolution of firepower doctrine since the end of the Korean War. He was the only serving officer to have written books subsequently selected for inclusion in the official reading lists of two services, Certain Victory for the Army and Firepower for the Marine Corps. In addition, he is an authority on contemporary and future warfare. Concepts and ideas contained in his writings and studies have significantly influenced the course of contemporary modernization and reform within the military. He has written two books on the theory of warfare: Future Warfare, a strategic anthology on America's wars to come, and Yellow Smoke: The Future of Land Warfare for America's Military. Yellow Smoke offers a unique and readable perspective on both the derivation and the probable course of reform within the American Army. The book is currently available from Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. He is a frequent commentator and consultant for major media networks on issues relating to military history
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Preface: "Yellow Smoke" Chapter 2 The Emergence of an American Style of War Chapter 3 Technology and the Cycles of Land Warfare Chapter 4 Land Warfare at the Strategic Level: Balancing Time and Risk Chapter 5 Balancing Firepower and Maneuver: Lessons from Vietnam to the Falklands Chapter 6 Getting it Closer to Right: From Panama to Afghanistan Chapter 7 Tactics and the Human Dimension: Balancing Ends and Means in the Close Fight Chapter 8 The New American Style of War Chapter 9 "Kosovo, 2020": A Wargame Chapter 10 Strengthening U.S. Land Forces: Ten Principles for the Future Chapter 11 A Cautionary Conclusion