By William A. Owens
Is the USA an exhausted superpower? fresh army operations in Iraq, Somalia, and Kosovo have led to defeat or stalemate. America's key weaponry is quickly changing into out of date, and its women and men in uniform are upset. but the U.S. continues to be devoted to a large choice of conflicts world wide and is more and more faced through threats opposed to which conventional army strength can be ineffective.
As vice president of the Joint Chiefs of employees throughout the first Clinton management, Admiral invoice Owens observed the demanding situations dealing with the U.S. army firsthand. during this trenchant, interesting, and forward-looking e-book, Owens explains the entire quantity of the army challenge and proposes daring new ideas to revolutionize the armed prone. rather than spending trillions of greenbacks to replace out of date guns platforms, he argues, the dept of protection should still benefit from contemporary advances in computing, communications, and satellite tv for pc expertise and produce our army into the knowledge Age. those changes―collectively identified in protection circles because the Revolution in army Affairs or RMA―would rework the best way that the US wages struggle, bringing a few smaller, better, and extra versatile army larger capable of computer screen enemy forces in genuine time and thereby counter the "fog of struggle" that has bedeviled commanders all through background. Lifting the Fog of War bargains either an insider's account of modern militia and an important blueprint for a better and cheap army the next day. For the paperback version, the writer has written a brand new preface in regards to the Bush administration's attitudes towards army reform.
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