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Lifting the fog of peace : how Americans learned to fight modern war

Author: Janine Davidson
Publisher: Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, ©2010.
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Counterinsurgency and stability operations in Iraq and Afghanistan are only the most recent examples of the U.S. Armed Forces fighting insurgents, building infrastructure, enforcing laws, and governing cities. For more than two centuries, these assignments have been a regular part of the military's tasks; yet until recently the lessons learned from the experiences have seldom been formally incorporated into doctrine  Read more...
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Davidson, Janine.
Lifting the fog of peace.
Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, ©2010
(DLC) 2010007916
(OCoLC)540644065
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Janine Davidson
ISBN: 9780472022984 0472022989 1282882953 9781282882959 9786612882951 6612882956
Language Note: English.
OCLC Number: 681756196
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 244 pages) : illustrations
Contents: On the front lines with America's nation builders --
Military learning and competing theories of change --
Two centuries of small wars and nation building --
Vietnam to Iraq : debating the "new world order" --
Learning to learn : the training revolution in the post-Vietnam military --
Doctrine and education for the new force --
Learning to surge in Iraq --
Learning theory and military change in the 21st century.
Responsibility: Janine Davidson.

Abstract:

Counterinsurgency and stability operations in Iraq and Afghanistan are only the most recent examples of the U.S. Armed Forces fighting insurgents, building infrastructure, enforcing laws, and governing cities. For more than two centuries, these assignments have been a regular part of the military's tasks; yet until recently the lessons learned from the experiences have seldom been formally incorporated into doctrine and training. As a result, each generation of soldiers has had to learn on the job. Janine Davidson traces the history of the U.S. military's involvement in these complex and frustrating missions. By comparing the historical record to the current era, Davidson assesses the relative influence of organizational culture and processes, institutional structures, military leadership, and political factors on the U.S. military's capacity to learn and to adapt. Pointing to the case of Iraq, she shows that commanders serving today have benefited at the tactical level from institutional changes following the Vietnam War and from the lessons of the 1990s. Davidson concludes by addressing the question of whether or not such military learning, in the absence of enhanced capabilities and capacity in other U.S. government agencies, will be sufficient to meet the complex challenges of the 21st century. --From publisher's description.
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