Iraq Wars and America's Military Revolution

ISBN-10: 0521128846
ISBN-13: 9780521128841
Edition: 2010
Authors: Keith L. Shimko
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Book details

List price: $48.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/26/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 262
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Keith L. Shimko, Ph.D., is associate professor of political science at Purdue University. He has taught Introduction to International Relations since 1990 and has won several school and university-wide teaching awards. Dr. Shimko is the author of IMAGES AND ARMS CONTROL: PERCEPTIONS OF THE SOVIET UNION IN THE REAGAN ADMINISTRATION (Michigan, 1991), which was named a CHOICE outstanding academic book and received the Lynne-Reinner/Quincy Wright Award, as well as THE IRAQ WARS AND AMERICA'S MILITARY REVOUTION (Cambridge, 2010). He received his B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College and his Ph.D. from Indiana University.

Acknowledgments
Military Revolutions and the Iraq Wars
1991, A New Kind of War?
Revolutions and Military Revolutions
The Contemporary Debate
RMA Skepticism
Thinking about a New RMA
The Iraq Wars
Conclusion: Theory, Policy, and a Contemporary RMA
From Vietnam to Iraq - The Rebirth of American Military Power and the Origins of an RMA
The First Iraq War
The First Glimmers of Revolution
After Vietnam: Constraints and Challenges
Countering Soviet Superiority
A Revolution in Training
A Revolution in Technology
A Revolution in Doctrine
Conclusion
The First Iraq War, 1991 - A Revolution Dawns?
The Road to War
The War Plan
The War
The Strategic Air Campaign
Preparing the Battlefield
The Ground Campaign
Evaluating the First Iraq War
What Kind of Victory?
What Kind of Revolution?
Conclusion
The Iraqi Interregnum, 1991-2000
The Calm After the Storm
Technology Advances
Munitions
Sensors
Communications
Intervention in Somalia, 1992-1993
The Lessons of Somalia
Military Operations Other Than War
The RMA and Network-Centric Warfare
The System of Systems
Rapid Dominance: "Shock and Awe"
Net-Centric Warfare
Kosovo: NATO's "Curious Little War"
Operation Allied Force
Evaluating OAF
Air-Centric versus Network-Centric Warfare
Conclusion
Afghanistan and the Second Iraq War, 2001-2003 - A Revolution Confirmed?
Revolution Confirmed?
Bush, Rumsfeld, and Military Transformation
The Afghan Prelude
The "Afghan Model"
Evaluating the "Afghan Model"
The Second Iraq War, 2003
The Battle Over the War Plan
The Opposing Forces
The War: Operation Iraqi Freedom
Evaluating the Second Iraq War
Rumsfeld Vindicated?
OIF and the RMA: Precision, Information, Jointness, and Parallel War
The "Digital Divide"
Conclusion
The Third Iraq War, 2003-? - A Revolution Denied?
Liberation to Occupation
Disorder and Insurgency
A Budding Insurgency
April 2004: A Very Bad Month
Summer 2004: Finally, a Strategy
2005: Elections, Governance, and Insurgency
2006: Insurgency and Civil War?
The Rise of Counterinsurgents
One Last Try, with a Little Help
Evaluating the Third Iraq War
The Third Iraq War and Military Transformation
The Third Iraq War and the RMA
Conclusion
Conclusion: The Future of America's Military Revolution
The Nature and Limits of the RMA
The Iraq Wars and the Future of American Defense Policy
Priorities
Fungibility
Institutions
Conclusion: "Re-Balancing" American Defense Policy?
Index

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