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Works: 322 works in 332 publications in 1 language and 366 library holdings
Genres: History  Military history  Conference papers and proceedings  Biography  Case studies  Personal narratives‡vAmerican 
Classifications: VE23, 355.031091821
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American and Soviet Relations Since Detente( Book )

1 edition published in 1987 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rules for leadership : improving unit performance by Jon W Blades( Book )

1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book presents an original set of leadership rules to improve unit performance at all organizational levels. The work is designed to fill the considerable gap between the very position-specific, recipe-type lists of things you should do or not do in this particular job approach and the General Patton-type speech approach that provides a lot of inspiration to excel, but very few specifics as to what one ought to do. In essence, then, this book presents a set of principles of rules that a leader can apply in any situation to improve his group's performance. This work is also intended to serve academic theorists by presenting findings which considerably reduce the great deal of conflict in the research literature and among several of the published theories. An Overview: Rules for Leadership; Leader Actions: Style and Enforcement of Performance Standards; Group Skills: Member and Leader Intelligence and Ability; Group Incentive: Member and Leader Motivation; Group Bonding: Unit Cohesion; Using the Rules for Leadership
Planning the American Air War, Four Men and Nine Days in 1941. An Inside Narrative by James C Gaston( Book )

1 edition published in 1982 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Even if it hadn't been used, the United States' air war plan for World War II would have been uniquely significant. It marked the first time that airmen in the Army Air Forces were permitted to do their own planning; thus it was a crucially important step in their move toward independence. Further, it raised seriously the question of whether a major industrial nation could be defeated solely through air bombardment. For these reasons and others, the plan deserves attention from all who concern themselves with strategies for national defense. We are thus pleased that our NDU Press can make these few moments of history available to you. But plans don't write themselves, and the planning process, rather than the finished document, is the focal point of this study. The author, Lieutenant Colonel Jim Gaston, uses the plan, AWPD-1, as a lens for studying that process. He looks through the document to follow events on the floor of the planners' arena
Nato's future : toward a new transatlantic bargain by Stanley R Sloan( Book )

1 edition published in 1985 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contents: The Original Bargain; The Bargain Revised; Evolution of the Bargain, 1954-1984; Living with the Nuclear Dilemma; Differing Perspectives on East West Relations; Tensions within the West; The Dual Masters of Continuity and Change; A Policy of Active Engagement; and In Search of the New Bargain
The role of the Marine Corps in rapid deployment forces by David A Quinlan( Book )

1 edition published in 1983 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since 1 October 1979, when President Carter announced that rapid deployment forces would be used to meet contingencies anywhere in the world, the sense of urgency surrounding such forces has become more pronounced. On 1 March 1980, the headquarters for the Rapid Deployment Joint Task Force was established at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, with forces assigned from all the services. In early 1983, this task force took on the status of a unified command when it became the US Central Command (CENTCOM), with the mission of directing rapid deployments of elements assigned from the various armed services. At each stage, the concept of rapid deployment forces has been controversial. The creation of CENTCOM, although significant, did not necessarily mean the resolution of the many issues surrounding the worldwide rapid deployment concept. Although written before the establishment of CENTCOM, this essay remains valuable for its addressal of rapid deployment issues from a US Marine Corps perspective. After analyzing the evolution of the concept and the characteristics of and constraints on rapid deployment forces, the essay concludes that the Marine Corps is uniquely qualified for certain rapid deployment missions
The US Marine Corps and defense unification 1944-47 : the politics of survival by Gordon W Keiser( Book )

1 edition published in 1982 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An examination of the controversy surrounding defense organization in the period 1944-1947 is fitting in light of current events. Having passed through public disenchantment attendant to the Vietnam war (by no means our country's first unpopular fight), the US national security establishment is being promised rebirth. With fresh designs for defense organization in the offing, it is worthwhile to study the heated policy conflict that ultimately resulted in a structure affecting virtually every aspect of civil-military relations in the United States. The Marine Corps' part in the conflict is a little-known chapter in American civil-military relations or, more precisely, the field of politico-military affirs. The purpose of this study is to analyze events leading to the enactment of the National Security Act, focusing on the Marine Corps as perhaps the most vocal and bitter military opponent of the concept of unification expressed by the War Deparment. The main themes of this study are: centralization versus dectralization in the defense structure, the role of military lobbying, and the relationship between the Marine Corps on one hand, and Congress and its constituency on the other
Anti-nuclear attitudes in New Zealand and Australia by Dora Alves( Book )

1 edition published in 1985 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The vast South Pacific, so near to Southeast Asia and vital sea lines of communications, is of great strategic value to the United States and the West. Peace in the South Pacific has depended on regional cooperation, primarily under ANZUS-the alliance of Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. But New Zealand broke alliance ranks when it refused in early 1985 to allow a US ship to call at its ports following an ANZUS sea exercise. Coupled with the stern US response of suspending military cooperation with New Zealand, the incident threw into doubt the future of the South Pacific accord. This monograph, by Dr. Dora Alves of the National Defense University, examines the regional events leading to New Zealand's action and the resulting furor. Because the center of the incident is the issue of nuclear arms, Dr. Alves focuses on the growth of anti-nuclear attitudes in New Zealand, where the ruling Labour Party adopted an anti-nuclear stance as policy. Dr. Alves' work is both a case study of the interaction of domestic politics with international treaty obligations and a discussion of the strong anti-nuclear attitudes of many South Pacific inhabitants
USCYBERCOM: The Need for a Combatant Command versus a Subunified Command( Book )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

United States Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) is a subunified command under United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM). It was scheduled for an October/ November 2009 initial operating capability (currently delayed) and an October 2010 full operational capability. There are some excellent reasons why the Secretary of Defense chose to initiate a subunified warfighting command for the cyberspace domain, but the situation facing the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Federal Government will require USCYBERCOM to develop into a full combatant command (COCOM) in the next 5 years. The decision to create a subunified command for the cyberspace domain was made at the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) level. There are several fundamental requirements for reorganizing DOD elements into a COCOM. But the decision to create a subunified command was based on a number of factors, one of which is the nature of the current threat. The present situation and potential ramifications are sufficiently aggressive and of such a hostile nature that DOD must take immediate action to mitigate and eventually neutralize the ongoing threat. DOD's cyberspace domain and data infrastructure encompass numerous critical
Understanding U.S. Strategy: A Reader by National Defense University( Book )

2 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Contents: Introduction to Key issues in National Strategy; Keynote Address: Evolving Strategies for a Changing World; Evolving a National Strategy; National Security Strategies for the Use of Space; Alternative Strategies for the Defense of Western Europe; Comparing United States and Soviet National Strategies; Reorganizing the United States System for Developing Strategy
Counterdrug Operations in U.S. Pacific Command by James Kraska( Book )

2 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The first duty of government is to protect its citizens against all threats, both foreign and domestic. The President's national drug control strategy identifies one such danger as illegal drugs because they attack and subvert the social and economic fabric of the Nation. The volume of drugs which enter the country and the demand for them continue to be a cause of great alarm. While cocaine use has dropped, consumption of marijuana and other illegal drugs is increasing among young people. Perhaps most troubling is that the rate of heroin and methamphetamine use is also growing. The social and health impact of iilegal drug use amounts to $70 billion in illness, death, and crime each year in the United States. Drugs destroy families and overwhelm the criminal justice, health, and social service systems. Most Americans identify it as one of our most acute problems. Moreover, in the source nations of Asia and South America, crime and profits related to trafficking in drugs erode emerging democratic institutions and legitimate economic activity. These worldwide effects make drug trafficking a major international security issue
Evaluating Chinese Military Procurement from Russia( Book )

2 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The Chinese military is in the process of a long-term modernization program. Uniformed and civilian leaders have studied recent conflicts, analyzed shortfalls, and identified improvements to be made in doctrine, force structure, and equipment. They are aware of the gap in capabilities between the People's Liberation Army (PLA) and other miiitaries, notably the U.S. Armed Forces. Most foreign analysis of the current and potential Chinese military threat emphasizes recent equipment purchases from Russia and what they portend. This article evaluates these acquisitions and compares them to a previous regional threat and arrives at conclusions about the modernization of the Chinese military which differ from those usually found in the media. Some characterize the Chinese as buyers at a fire sale in their purchase of Russian military equipment. Russian arms merchants have introduced PLA leaders to hardware that could greatly improve Chinese capabilities. Elements of the defense industries in both countries have established relationships with their counterparts. Over the last five years reports on negotiations for advanced technologies have been common if vague and sometimes exaggerated. Many reported deals are never consummated. Purchases and technology transfers have been limited because of Chinese financial constraints and Russian strategic suspicions
The Middle East in 2015 : the impact of regional trends on U.S. strategic planning( )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume was begun in 1999, when the National Intelligence Council asked the Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) at the National Defense University to examine change in the Middle East. At that time, little political change had occurred in the region in 30 years. In fact, the governments of the Middle East had shown a remarkable stability. Except for the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran and a military coup in Sudan in 1989, the region had been stable. Most rulers had been in place for a generation Syrian President Hafiz al-Asad since 1971, the Iraqi Ba'thists and Saddam Husayn since 1968, Jordanian King Hussein since 1952, Moroccan King Hassan since 1961, Omani Sultan Qaboos since 1970, and Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi since 1969. The same families have ruled Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states for much of the 20th century. Iran, the only country in the region to undergo a revolution in the past 25 years, passed power to new leaders through elections. Assassinations in Egypt and Israel brought in new leaders but did not change the basic political structure in those countries. With the exceptions of Qatar, Iran, Sudan, and Algeria, transfers of power were orderly and preordained by elections (in Israel) or family, tribal, or party consensus. At the same time, the economies of the countries including the oil-rich Persian Gulf states have remained stagnant, and an unchanging trend in demographics rapidly increasing populations, lowered mortality rates, growing unemployment, and insufficient job creation seems poised to threaten stability. The spread of weapons of mass destruction, new security alliances, drugs, terrorism, and the increasing popularity of religiously defined activist movements, both Islamic and Jewish, raise questions about future challenges to internal and external regime security
Vladimir Zhirinovskiy : an assessment of a Russian ultra-nationalist by James W Morrison( )

2 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This report provides much needed information on a Russian leader and ultra-nationalist not well known in the west. In consideration of the respectable showing he made in the last Russian election, further information about him is useful. Among the topics dealt with in this paper are: Who is Vladimir Zhirinovskiy?; What does Zhirinovskiy stand for?; Zhirinovskiy and increasing Russian nationalism; Implications of Zhirinovskiy's increasing political strength; What should western policy be for dealing with Zhirinovskiy?; and Appendix: Selected quotations from Vladimir Zhirinovskiy
Prospects for security in the Middle East by Edward W Gnehm( )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Middle East has been and remains a region of vital American interests yet how we define our interests and our concerns is very different from how the region would define these words. Our focus is on regional stability and in the Gulf, specifically, on the importance of the continued free flow of oil to global markets. We see threats from the development of WMD capabilities (a nuclear Iran), terrorism, and the ongoing Israeli- Palestinian conflict. Arab leaders and publics are also concerned about regional instability; but they focus first on the Arab-Israeli conflict and the emotion that issue brings to bear on other interests, foremost their ability to have a close relationship with the U.S. Iranians are concerned about national and regime security; for the Gulf it is tribal security, the role of Shia in the political system and the imbalance of power. All Arab regimes are concerned with the economic, social, and political consequences of their failure to meet public expectations be it defending successfully Arab causes or creating a better economic life. Our military presence in the Middle East region continues to be hotly debated and divisive; contradictory is another completely appropriate word. Many Arab governments and even their publics both want us there and want us gone! How can this be? Simply said, they recognize their need for a US military presence for regional security; but they feel and fear the intensity of popular animosity toward the US in the region and see a very visible American military presence as exacerbating that hostility. The United States decision to send American ground forces into the heartland of the Arab and Islamic Middle East is a defining event of significant importance. Many issues, long dormant or under some control, are now in motion. What all this means for the region is, as yet, unknown; but one fact is certain. While we and other actors in the region can influence developments, none of us control the outcome
The bear went over the mountain : Soviet combat tactics in Afghanistan by Lester W Grau( )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When the Soviet Union decided to invade Afghanistan, they evaluated their chances for success upon their experiences in East Germany, Hungary and Czechoslovakia. Unfortunately for their soldiers, as well as the people of Afghanistan, they ignored not only the experiences of the British in the same region, but also their own experience with the Basmachi resistance fighters in Central Asia from 1918-1933. Consequently, in Afghanistan the Soviet army found its tactics inadequate to meet the challenges posed by the difficult terrain and the highly motivated mujahideen freedom fighters. To capture the lessons their tactical leaders learned in Afghanistan and to explain the change in tactics that followed, the Frunze Military Academy compiled this book for their command and general staff combat arms officers. The lessons are valuable not just for Russian officers, but for the tactical training of platoon, company and battalion leaders of any nation likely to engage in conflicts involving civil war, guerrilla forces and rough terrain. This is a book dealing with the starkest features of the unforgiving landscape of tactical combat: casualties and death, adaptation, and survival
The Voroshilov Lectures, Materials from the Soviet General Staff Academy. Volume 3. Issues of Operational Art( )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

UNTIL THE DEMISE OF THE USSR, the Soviets consistently viewed history as a process of dialectical change in nature and society. The discipline of history was a science, which, in their view, 'studies the development of human society as a single natural process, regular in all of its great variety and contradictions.' This process has often produced war, a socio-political phenomenon, which they have characterized as a continuation of politics by violent means. Anticipating the possibility of war, nations created armed forces to use as 'the chief and decisive means for the achievement of political aims, as well as economic, diplomatic, ideological, and other means of struggle.'
Command and control : the literature and commentaries by Frank M Snyder( )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This publication represents an effort by teachers and researchers at the Naval War College, Harvard University, and the Institute for National Strategic Studies to develop a practical textbook on command and control for those military officers and civilian official who are preparing to meet the special challenges of leadership in the years ahead. It recognizes the traditional, time-honored functions of command, explains more recent developments in the process of command and control, and examines both the useful capability and the perhaps imperfectly understood limitations of modern communications and computer systems. We have all progressed from a world in which global strategies were paramount to one in which regional strategies and joint, combined, and coalitional operations have become the norm. In this new world, the military may be increasingly called upon to assume more noncombat roles and peacekeeping missions. The challenges to leadership, to command and control, grow more complex each year, as does the technology supporting the commander. But the balance between how individual commanders operate and how the C4 system itself affects their operations must be constantly readdressed and refined. This collection of readings and commentary intends to do just that
Essays on strategy XIV( )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For the past 15 years, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Strategy Essay Competition has challenged students at the senior and intermediate-level military colleges to write about the major issues of national strategy in visionary and creative ways. The best of this writing is recognized by publication in Essays on Strategy, which is distributed to a wide reading audience throughout the national defense community. Previous editions have proved to be especially welcome to long-range planners, policy makers, and students and faculty throughout the military educational system. This edition of Essays on Strategy addresses a characteristically broad range of subjects: Iranian nuclear strategy, no-fly-zone operations, foreign ownership of communication assets, long-range effects of the Goldwater-Nichols legislation on civilian control of the military, the growing influence of Islamists in the Middle East and North Africa, the collision of C4I technology with organizational command structures, the need for new management practices in defense depots to support 21st century operations, and defense reforms that go beyond those recommended in the Bottom-Up Review. All these subjects are of vital interest within the Department of Defense, and the fresh ideas explored in these essays should contribute to ongoing discussions in many areas. As with past competitions, the authors represent a broad cross section of backgrounds within the Department of Defense in general and the professional military education system in particular. We would like to render a special salute to the Marine Corps University, which entered the competition for the first time this year. It not only hit the beach hard and in force but, by winning two distinguished-essay citations, also established a strong beachhead we hope will encourage those who follow
The Voroshilov Lectures. Materials from the Soviet General Staff Academy. Volume 1. Issues of Soviet Military Strategy( )

1 edition published in 1989 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Peacekeeping : the way ahead?( )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The period since the end of the Cold War has witnessed a dramatic growth in the number of multilateral military operations, most loosely linked with the generic term 'peacekeeping.' The overwhelming majority of these operations have taken place under the auspices of the United Nations. They are a reflection of the rebirth of tribal nationalism, spreading religious xenophobia, and the threatened impoverishment and disintegration of Third World nation- states that have slipped their colonial moorings since World War II. As a result, we are witnessing new challenges to the United States, to the regional organizations in which we share membership, and to the United Nations system. This study effort will concentrate on the changing nature of peace operations, their likely impact on the U.S. military, and ways to improve and enhance the capabilities of various organizations to successfully complete future peace operations. The terms of reference will include the changing international security environment, the strengths and weaknesses of the United Nations and NATO in coping with existing security issues, and possible remedial actions. Policy proposals and recommendations include: a need to develop military doctrine that provides operational guidance for the broad range of activities that fall under the term 'peace operations', the urgent requirement for development of various types of unified command and control arrangements to meet future contingency operations; and the desirability of including civilian components in early stages of operational planning
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