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Scales, Robert H. 1944-

Works: 40 works in 116 publications in 2 languages and 5,648 library holdings
Genres: History  Forecasts  Conference proceedings  Military history 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: DS79.724.U6, 956.704430973
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Most widely held works about Robert H Scales
Most widely held works by Robert H Scales
Certain victory the U.S. Army in the Gulf War by Robert H Scales( )

22 editions published between 1993 and 2012 in English and held by 1,795 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The official U.S. Army account, Certain Victory provides the clearest picture to date of the Army's performance during the Gulf War. In a colorful, readable style, it begins by chronicling the Army's remarkable regeneration in the two decades after Vietnam - the changes that were the foundation of the Desert Storm victory. Each chapter leads off with a compelling personal combat story that brings you right into battle alongside individual soldiers and puts the conflict into human perspective. Certain Victory is a quick read and free of military jargon, offering a balanced, comprehensive account of the largest armor battle since World War II."--Jacket
The Iraq war : a military history by Williamson Murray( Book )

13 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 1,317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Iraq War puts the recent conflict into context. Drawing on their extensive military expertise, the authors assess the opposing aims of the Coalition forces and the Iraqi regime and explain the day-to-day tactical and logistical decisions of infantry and air command, as British and American troops moved into Basra and Baghdad. They simultaneously step back to examine long-running debates within the U.S. Defense Department about the proper uses of military power and probe the strategic implications of those debates for America's buildup to this war. Surveying the immense changes that have occurred in America's armed forces between the Gulf conflicts of 1991 and 2003 - changes in doctrine as well as weapons - this volume reveals critical meanings and lessons about the new "American way of war" as it has unfolded in Iraq."--Jacket
Future warfare anthology by Robert H Scales( Book )

10 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 568 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Throughout U.S. history the American military services have had an unfortunate penchant for not being ready for the next war. Part of the problem has had to do with factors beyond their control: the American polity has been notoriously slow to respond to the challenges posed by dangerous enemies. On the other hand, American military institutions have been surprisingly optimistic in weighing their preparedness as they embarked on the nation's wars. The first battles involving American military forces hardly give reason for optimism. The initial defeats in the War of 1812, Bull Run, Belleau Woods, Savo Island, Kasserine Pass, Task Force Smith, and Landing Zone Albany hardly suggest unalloyed success by America's military in preparing for the next war. Admittedly, in each of its major wars the United States did enjoy the luxury of time to repair the deficiencies that showed up so glaringly in the country's first battles. Unfortunately, in the 21st century the United States may not have that luxury of time. Whatever approaches the American military take to innovation, war will occur. And it will provide a harsh audit. Almost certainly the next war will take the United States by surprise. U.S. military institutions may well have prepared for some other form of warfare, in some other location. To paraphrase Omar Bradley: it may well be the wrong war, in the wrong place, at the wrong time. But there it will be, and the American military will have to fight that conflict on its terms rather than their own. Unfortunately, military history is replete with examples of military institutions that have refused to adapt to the real conditions of war, but rather have attempted to impose their own paradigm--no matter how irrelevant or illsuited to the actual conditions. If we cannot predict where the next war will occur or what form it will take, there are some things for which the American military can prepare as they enter the next millennium
Firepower in limited war by Robert H Scales( Book )

6 editions published in 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 436 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Yellow smoke : the future of land warfare for America's military by Robert H Scales( Book )

7 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and held by 231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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 his long and distinguished military career and wars dating back to Korea for lessons for America's future land wars. He looks at Afghanistan today, the prospect of Iraq tomorrow, 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."--BOOK JACKET
The future U.S. military presence in Asia landpower and the geostrategy of American commitment by Robert H Scales( )

3 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The United States strategic framework in the Pacific has three parts: peacetime engagement, as described above, which includes a forward presence; crisis response, which builds on forward-stationed forces, the "boots-on-the ground" and, if necessary, fighting and winning any conflict that might develop. The mechanisms to carry out this strategic framework are embedded in the regular contacts and engagement activities that the United States carries out with friends and allies in the region. What the future will look like in Asia will be determined largely on what happens on the Korean Peninsula. It could be changed by such eventualities as a resurgent, expansionist, or nationalistic Russia. But the dialogue that is taking place among strategists in Seoul and Tokyo needs to be broadened to include the United States. It also must become a public debate. The "tyranny of distance" requires a United States military presence, and the governments of Korea and Japan must involve their own voters in a civil debate, setting forth the case for a new security structure. This is important not only for domestic political reasons in Asia, but because the American people need to know that there is a civil debate about the subject among their allies, and that the alliances that have kept Asia safe, peaceful and prosperous for 55 years are still useful, welcome, and healthy
Firepower in limited war by Robert H Scales( Book )

7 editions published between 1990 and 1998 in English and held by 204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The military of the United States is the world's strongest. Our armed forces are equipped with weapons of remarkable accuracy and unprecedented destructive power. In the Gulf War, allied forces used these weapons in what turned out to be a high-tech shooting gallery. The pinpoint accuracy of the sharpshooter's rifle is now routinely expected in the delivery of thousand pound bombs." "Recent events in Somalia and the Balkans have aptly demonstrated, however, the profound limitations of firepower in limited conflicts of low intensity. Yet, these are the kinds of war we are most likely to encounter as we proceed down the path of the new world order." "Author Scales examines this problem through his analysis of the role of firepower in the wars in Indochina, the Soviet war in Afghanistan, the Falklands War, and the Gulf War."--Jacket
America's Army preparing for tomorrow's security challenges by Robert H Scales( Book )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

America's army in transition : preparing for war in the precision age by Robert H Scales( Book )

2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 176 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The following two articles were written during and immediately after the war in Kosovo. The first is an adaptation of an earlier work written after a trip to Asia in 1998. In that essay, I suggested that foreign militaries were beginning to perceive our fixation on a firepower-centered way of war as an exploitable weakness. In fact, some states, armed with experience gained against us in real war, had already begun to evolve a doctrine to counter our superiority in precision. These potential adversaries concluded that dispersion, deception, patience and a willingness to absorb punishment offered them the means to endure precision strike long enough to outlast a technologically superior foe. Subsequent practical experience in Kosovo caused me to modify this thesis somewhat, but not much. The "From Korea to Kosovo" article was written after a visit to Albania in May 1999. There I developed the central thesis for this essay: In wars of limited liability, success must be gained with a limited expenditure of means. A brief review of recent history tells us that we have been practically learning this lesson in real wars for half a century, beginning with Korea. The imperative to prepare for a full-scale war against the Soviets, however, has effectively impeded our ability to embed this lesson into our warfighting doctrine. Kosovo is a wake-up call. This article concludes with a maneuver warfare concept for this new era of limited liability wars in the Precision Age
US policy in Afghanistan and Iraq : lessons and legacies( Book )

5 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How have the costs, both human and material, of US involvement in the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq affected the country's will for conducting regime-change operations? What are the implications for issues of strategy? The authors of US Policy in Afghanistan and Iraq assess the impact of the two conflicts on US foreign policy, military planning, and capacities for counterinsurgency and state building. They also offer keenly insightful guidance for avoiding the pitfalls and increasing the prospects for success when the United States does intervene. -- Publisher description
Challenging the United States symmetrically and asymmetrically can America be defeated?( )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The U.S. Army War College's Ninth Annual Strategy Conference was held at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, during the period March 31-April 2, 1998. The theme of the conference was Challenging the United States Symmetrically and Asymmetrically: Can America Be Defeated? There were some 150 attendees, including active duty military personnel as well as members of academe, the U.S. Defense and service departments, think tanks, corporations, and news media. This book is an outgrowth of that conference, though it makes no effort to present a comprehensive and literal record of events in the mold of traditional colloquium proceedings. Rather, the book is organized as an anthology of selected conference presentations, complemented by sufficient notice of roundtable and question-and-answer discussion to provide a glimpse of the vigorous interplay of ideas evoked by this most timely of topics
America's Army : preparing for tomorrow's security challenges by Robert H Scales( Book )

3 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During the early decades of the 21st Century, the Army of 2025 will differ from today's Army in two distinct ways. First, it will achieve unprecedented strategic and operational speed by exploiting information technologies to create a knowledge-based organization. Second, it will exhibit tremendous flexibility and physical agility through streamlined, seamlessly integrated organizations that use new tactics and procedures. The collective result will be a versatile, full spectrum, capabilities-based force that can decisively respond to any future global contingency. As the world begins a new age and a new century, the Army is preparing for the next kind of war that will emerge
Certain victory the U.S. Army in the Gulf War( Visual )

3 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Certain Victory, The US Army in the Gulf War, the video, is an accompanying work to the book of the same name. Both the book and video trace the emergence of the Army from the doldrums and malaise of the immediate post-Vietnam years to its powerful march across the ancient battlegrounds of the Iraqi and Kuqaiti deserts as the largest armored force since World War II
Wei lai zhan zheng wen xuan by Shi kai er si( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in Chinese and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Future Warfare: Anthology Revised Edition( )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This Revised Anthology is about the future of military operations in the opening decades of the 21st century. Its purpose is not to predict the future, but to speculate on the conduct of military operations as an instrument of national policy in a world absent massive thermonuclear and conventional superpower confrontation characteristic of the Cold War. Also absent are indirect constraints imposed by that confrontation on virtually all political-military relationships, not solely those between superpower principals. Most of these essays are attempts to define military operational concepts that might be employed to execute such an engagement strategy
Artillery in small wars : the evolution of British artillery doctrine, 1860-1914 by Robert H Scales( Book )

5 editions published between 1976 and 1985 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A joint future? : the move to jointness and its implications for the New Zealand Defence Force( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lessons from the Iraq War by Robert H Scales( Book )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Landpower in the 21st century : preparing for conflict( Book )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

You xian zhan zheng de huo li yun yong( Book )

1 edition published in 1997 in Chinese and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Scales, Robert H. 1944-

Scales, Robert H. Jr

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