For the Common Defense

Peter Maslowski and Allan R. Millett. For the Common Defense: A Military History of the United States of America. Enlarged edition. Simon & Schuster, 1994. See the book on publisher’s site here. This monumental survey of American military history has three stated purposes. The first is to analyze the development of military policy. The second […]

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The Army and Vietnam

Andrew F. Krepinevich, Jr. The Army and Vietnam. Reprint. The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1988. Change is inevitable and organizations must learn to adapt. Author Andrew Krepinevich, Jr. asserts in this work of history and analysis of the United States military experience during the Vietnam War that the army failed prepare or adapt to new […]

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Technology in U.S. Military History – 4

This post completes this series on Technology in U.S. Military History. See post 1 here, 2 here, and 3 here. P. Balaram in his editorial for Current Science titled “Science, Technology and War,” describes the widespread use of incendiaries and chemical defoliants which, he suggests, “reached its peak during the Vietnam War, with the United […]

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Technology in U. S. Military History – 3

This post continues on the theme introduced in post 1 here and continued in post 2 here. The growth in level of focus that the United States has placed on technology as manifested by the Vietnam War era cannot be stated better than by Andrew F. Krepinevich (The Army and Vietnam) who posited that the United […]

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"…Technology had assumed the role of a god of war…"

“How could the army of the most powerful nation on Earth, materially supported on a scale unprecedented in history, equipped with the most sophisticated technology in an age when technology had assumed the role of a god of war, fail to emerge victorious against a numerically inferior force of lightly armed irregulars?” The above a […]

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Next Course – Books!

Next class starts Monday – Studies in U.S. Military History. I posted earlier a description of the class here. I stacked up all the the required reading texts today in “historical order.” IMPRESSIVE! All are listed on my bookshelves here.  

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Prisoner of War: A First-Person Account

If you haven’t yet read John McCain’s account of his five-plus years as a POW, I recommend it. I ran across the 18-some page account today published on U.S. News and World Report here and it’s a fascinating read. McCain describes his landing and rough rescue from Truc Bac Lake near Hanoi which was captured in a photo viewable […]

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