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Author Campbell, Peter P.,
Title Military realism : the logic and limits of force and innovation in the US Army / Peter Campbell.
Imprint Columbia, Missouri : University of Missouri Press, [2019]

Author Campbell, Peter P.,
Series The American military experience series.
American military experience series.
Subject Military doctrine -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Military doctrine -- United States -- History -- 21st century.
United States -- Military policy.
Description 1 online resource (xvi, 374 pages).
polychrome rdacc
Summary "After the Vietnam War, the U.S. Army considered counterinsurgency (COIN) a mistake to be avoided. Many found it surprising, then, when setbacks in recent conflicts led the same army to adopt a COIN doctrine. Scholarly debates have primarily employed existing theories of military bureaucracy or culture to explain the army's re-embrace of COIN, but Peter Campbell advances a unique argument centering on military realism to explain the complex evolution of army doctrinal thinking from 1960 to 2008. In five case studies of U.S. Army doctrine, Campbell pits military realism against bureaucratic and cultural perspectives in three key areas--nuclear versus conventional warfare, preferences for offense versus defense, and COIN missions--and finds that the army has been more doctrinally flexible than those perspectives would predict. He demonstrates that decision makers, while vowing in the wake of Vietnam to avoid COIN missions, nonetheless found themselves adapting to the geopolitical realities of fighting "low intensity" conflicts. In essence, he demonstrates that pragmatism has won out over dogmatism. At a time when American policymakers remain similarly conflicted about future defense strategies, Campbell's work will undoubtedly shape and guide the debate"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents Military Realism -- Flexible Response, the Nuclear Battlefield, and Counterinsurgency: Kennedy and Army Doctrine in the 1960s -- Army Doctrine in the Shadow of Vietnam: Field Manual 100-5, Operations, 1968 -- From Active Defense to AirLand Battle: The Cold War Doctrine of the '70s and '80s -- The Power Projection Army: Doctrine in the Post-Cold War Era until the Eve of September 11 -- Transforming under Fire: The Global War on Terror, Counterinsurgency, Iraq, and Operations 2008.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note Print version record and CIP data provided by publisher; resource not viewed.
ISBN 9780826274267 (electronic book)
0826274269 (electronic book)
9780826221841 (hardcover)
OCLC # 1073037587
Additional Format Print version: Campbell, Peter P. Military realism. Columbia, Missouri : University of Missouri, [2019] 9780826221841 (DLC) 2018054040.

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