9780804769310

America's Defense Meltdown : Pentagon Reform for President Obama and the New Congress

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    9780804769310

  • ISBN10:

    0804769311

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-03-27
  • Publisher: Stanford Univ Pr
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Summary

Named one of the"Twenty-five Books the News President Should Have by His Bedside!"byWashington Monthly, this hard-hitting new book reveals how decades-long problems have corroded the military power of the US. Now, despite the highest levels of defense spending since World War II, America's armed forces are smaller, older and, in some respects, less effective than at any time since 1946. Given that many regard America's military as "the best in the world," how can this beand will President Obama's new Pentagon team deliver the "change" so desperately needed to reverse the decline? In response to these questions, in each chapter of this book, a "Pentagon insider" addresses a problem in a discrete sector of the US national security apparatus and offers a real-world solution to itfor the new president, the new Congress, and policy makers in government, the armed forces, higher education, and industry. Contents Introduction and Historic Overview: The Overburden of America's Outdated Defenses , Lt. Col. John Sayen (U.S. Marine Corps, ret.) Shattering Illusions: A National Security Strategy for 2009 2017, Col. Chet Richards (U.S. Air Force, ret.) Leading the Human Dimension Out of a Legacy of Failure, Col. G.I. Wilson (U.S. Marine Corps, ret.) and Maj. Donald Vandergriff (U.S. Army, ret.) Maneuver Forces: The Army and Marine Corps after Iraq, Col. Douglas Macgregor (U.S. Army, ret.) and Col. G.I. Wilson (U.S. Marine Corps, ret.) A Traveler's Perspective on Third and Fourth Generation War, William S. Lind The Navy, William S. Lind Reversing the Decay of American Air Power, Col. Robert Dilger (U.S. Air Force, ret.) and Pierre M. Sprey Air Mobility Alternatives for a New Administration, James P. Stevenson The Army National Guard, the Army Reserve, and the Marine Corps Reserve, Bruce I. Gudmundsson Long in Coming, the Acquisition Train Wreck Is Here, Thomas Christie Understand, Then Contain America's Out-of-Control Defense Budget, Winslow T. Wheeler

Author Biography

Winslow T. Wheeler worked on national security issues for 31 years for members of the U.S. Senate and for the U.S. General Accounting Office. He is Director of the Straus Military Reform Project at the Center for Defense Information in Washington, D.C. He has authored two books: The Wastrels of Defense (2004) and Military Reform (2007).

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Executive Summaryp. xiii
Introduction and Historic Overview: The Overburden of America's Outdated Defensesp. 1
Shattering Illusions: A National Security Strategy for 2009-2017p. 26
Leading the Human Dimension Out of a Legacy of Failurep. 53
Maneuver Forces: The Army and Marine Corps after Iraqp. 80
A Traveler's Perspective on Third and Fourth Generation Warp. 97
The Navyp. 118
Reversing the Decay of American Air Powerp. 129
Air Mobility Alternatives for a New Administrationp. 167
The Army National Guard, the Army Reserve, and the Marine Corps Reservep. 183
Long in Coming, the Acquisition Train Wreck Is Herep. 195
Understand, Then Contain America's Out-of-Control Defense Budgetp. 219
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