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9781585441877

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

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    9781585441877

  • ISBN10:

    1585441872

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2002-06-01
  • Publisher: Texas A & M Univ Pr
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Summary

War is waged not only on battlefields. In the mid-1980s a high-stakes struggle to redesign the relationships among the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, the secretary of defense, and the president 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 inter-service 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 helped to prepare the armed forces for the challenges they must still face.

Victory on the Potomac provides the first detailed history of how Congress unified the Joint Chiefs 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

Author Biography

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

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
viii
Foreword xi
Sen. Sam Nunn
Acknowledgments xiii
List of Acronyms
xvii
Prologue: Turf, Power, Service 3(12)
Part 1: The Fog of Defense Organization
The Rise of Service Supremacists
15(18)
Jones Breaks Ranks
33(26)
The House Fires the First Shot
59(23)
Texas Politics
82(12)
Unfinished Business
94(19)
Misfire in the Senate
113(28)
Part 2: Drawing Battle Lines
Beirut
141(23)
Scholars and Old Soldiers
164(17)
Nichols Runs Tower's Blockade
181(14)
Crowe Makes Waves
195(18)
Goldwater and Nunn Close Ranks
213(21)
Weinberger Stonewalls
234(18)
Naval Gunfire
252(25)
Part 3: Marshaling Forces
McFarlane Outflanks the Pentagon
277(22)
Trench Warfare
299(21)
Playing the Media Card
320(13)
Gathering of Eagles
333(13)
Expedition into Hostile Territory
346(11)
Part 4: March to Victory
Seizing the High Ground
357(17)
Transition to the Offensive
374(17)
The Packard Commission Reinforces
391(8)
The Decisive Battle
399(15)
Mopping-Up Operations
414(15)
The Commander in Chief Approves
429(8)
Epilogue: Unified at Last 437(14)
Notes 451(56)
Index 507

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