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Us Interventation Policy and Army Innovation: From Vietnam to Iraq Richard Lock-Pullan

Us Interventation Policy and Army Innovation: From Vietnam to Iraq

Richard Lock-Pullan

Published November 24th 2005
ISBN : 9786610290154
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This new book examines how and why US military intervention strategy changed after the Vietnam War. It does this by examining two separate issues: the nature of the US Army as it rebuilt itself after the Vietnam War, and the attempts by the US toMoreThis new book examines how and why US military intervention strategy changed after the Vietnam War. It does this by examining two separate issues: the nature of the US Army as it rebuilt itself after the Vietnam War, and the attempts by the US to establish criteria for future military interventions. It also argues that US strategy traditionally relied upon national mobilization to co-ordinate political aims and military means, and shows how this changed after the war to a formula of establishing militarily achievable political objectives prior to the use of force. Employing strategic culture and military innovation literature, this study argues that these strategic lessons were a product of the rebuilding of the Armys identity as it became a professional all-volunteer force. The Armys new doctrine developed a new way of war for the nation, embodied in the Air Land Battle doctrine, which changed the approach to strategy. The Panama intervention and Gulf War vindicated this approach and brought a revived confidence in the use of force.- The failure in Somalia exposed the weaknesses of the lessons that the Army had drawn from the war, and the later interventions in Bosnia and Kosovo were reflective of the limiting nature of the Armys thinking. This book will be of great interest to students of the US military, the Vietnam War, strategic studies and American politics in general.