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Scales, Robert H. 1944-

Works: 33 works in 151 publications in 4 languages and 6,136 library holdings
Genres: History  Forecasts  Conference papers and proceedings  Military history 
Roles: Author, Editor, Speaker, Contributor
Classifications: DS79.76, 956.704430973
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Most widely held works about Robert H Scales
Most widely held works by Robert H Scales
The Iraq War : a military history by Williamson Murray( )

20 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and Arabic and held by 1,298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An in-depth analysis of the coalition invasion of Iraq, up to the 2003 fall of Baghdad. Drawing on their extensive expertise as military historians, 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
Firepower in limited war by Robert H Scales( Book )

23 editions published between 1990 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 616 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."--BOOK JACKET
Certain victory : the U.S. Army in the Gulf War by Robert H Scales( Book )

26 editions published between 1993 and 2012 in English and held by 546 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
Future warfare : anthology by Robert H Scales( Book )

18 editions published between 1999 and 2005 in English and Persian and held by 371 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
Yellow smoke : the future of land warfare for America's military by Robert H Scales( Book )

9 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and held by 229 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."--Jacket
America's Army : preparing for tomorrow's security challenges by Robert H Scales( Book )

6 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 210 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
US policy in Afghanistan and Iraq : lessons and legacies by Seyom Brown( Book )

5 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 176 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
America's army in transition : preparing for war in the precision age by Robert H Scales( Book )

4 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 148 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 future U.S. military presence in Asia : landpower and the geostrategy of American commitment by Robert H Scales( Book )

3 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 75 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
Scales on war : the future of America's military at risk by Robert H Scales( Book )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Scales on War is a collection of ideas, concepts, and observations about contemporary war taken from over thirty years of research, writing, and personal experience by retired Maj. Gen. Bob Scales. Each chapter addresses a distinct topic facing the upcoming prospects of America's military, including tactical ground warfare, future gazing, the draft, and the role of women in the infantry. Fusing all of these topics together is Scales' belief that, throughout its history, the United States has favored a technological approach to fighting its wars and has neglected its ground forces."--Provided by publisher
Certain victory : the U.S. Army in the Gulf War( Visual )

3 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 44 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

Artillery in small wars : the evolution of British artillery doctrine, 1860-1914 by Robert H Scales( Book )

9 editions published between 1976 and 1985 in English and held by 17 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

Texas border security : a strategic military assessment by Barry R McCaffrey( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During the past two years the state of Texas has become increasingly threatened by the spread of Mexican cartel organized crime. The threat reflects a change in the strategic intent of the cartels to move their operations into the United States. In effect, the cartels seek to create a 'sanitary zone' inside the Texas border, one county deep, that will provide sanctuary from Mexican law enforcement and, at the same time, enable the cartels to transform Texas' border counties into narcotics transshipment points for continued transport and distribution into the continental United States. To achieve their objectives the cartels are relying increasingly on organized gangs to provide expendable and unaccountable manpower to do their dirty work. These gangs are recruited on the streets of Texas cities and inside Texas prisons by top-tier gangs who work in conjunction with the cartels
The Iraq war : a military history by Williamson Murray( Recording )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this unprecedented account of the intensive air and ground operations in Iraq, two of America's most distinguished military historians bring clarity and depth to the first major war of the new millennium. [In this volume, the authors] analyze events in light of past military experiences, present battleground realities, and future expectations.-Dust jacket
Challenging the United States symmetrically and asymmetrically : can America be defeated?( )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 0 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
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Alternative Names
Scales, Bob, 1944-

Scales, Robert H. Jr

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סקילס, רוברט ה 1944-

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Firepower in limited warCertain victory : the U.S. Army in the Gulf WarYellow smoke : the future of land warfare for America's military