May 25, 2022
Cobra II Book

Cobra II | Download eBook Read Pdf-ePub-Kindle

Download full pdf book Cobra II by Michael R. Gordon,Bernard E. Trainor available in full 416 pages, and make sure to check out other latest books History related to Cobra II below.

Cobra II

By Michael R. Gordon,Bernard E. Trainor
  • ISBN Code: : 0375424245
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Pages : 416
  • Category : History
  • Reads : 789
  • Book Compatibility : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Pdf : cobra-ii.pdf

Book Excerpt :

Written by the chief military correspondent of the New York Times and a prominent retired Marine general, this is the definitive account of the invasion of Iraq. A stunning work of investigative journalism, Cobra II describes in riveting detail how the American rush to Baghdad provided the opportunity for the virulent insurgency that followed. As Gordon and Trainor show, the brutal aftermath was not inevitable and was a surprise to the generals on both sides. Based on access to unseen documents and exclusive interviews with the men and women at the heart of the war, Cobra II provides firsthand accounts of the fighting on the ground and the high-level planning behind the scenes. Now with a new afterword that addresses what transpired after the fateful events of the summer of 2003, this is a peerless re-creation and analysis of the central event of our times.

Recommended Books For Reading


  • G.I. Joe: Cobra #2 : Cobra II: Scales
    G.I. Joe: Cobra #2 : Cobra II: Scales

    A Book written by Mike Costa,Christos N. Gage, published by IDW Publishing N.a - pages - part of Comics & Graphic Novels books.

    Get eBook
  • G.I. Joe: Cobra #3 : Cobra II: Fangs
    G.I. Joe: Cobra #3 : Cobra II: Fangs

    A Book written by Mike Costa,Christos N. Gage, published by IDW Publishing N.a - pages - part of Comics & Graphic Novels books.

    Get eBook
  • Fiasco
    Fiasco

    A Book written by Thomas E. Ricks, published by Penguin 2006-07-25 - 512 pages - part of History books.

    Get eBook
  • The Endgame
    The Endgame

    A Book written by Michael R. Gordon, published by Vintage 2012-09-25 - 832 pages - part of History books.

    Get eBook
  • Elusive Victories
    Elusive Victories

    A Book written by Andrew J. Polsky, published by Oxford University Press 2012-05-30 - 456 pages - part of Political Science books.

    Get eBook
  • Mustang Special Editions
    Mustang Special Editions

    A Book written by Jonathan Klein,Jeffrey Klein, published by CarTech Inc 2018-10-15 - 192 pages - part of Transportation books.

    Get eBook
  • The Cobra
    The Cobra

    A Book written by Frederick Forsyth, published by Penguin 2010-08-17 - 432 pages - part of Fiction books.

    Get eBook

Read Also This Books

Steve Magnante's 1001 Mustang Facts

By Steve Magnante
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : CarTech Inc
  • Book Code : 1613252722
  • Total of Pages : 336
  • Category : Transportation
  • Members : 435
  • Pdf File: steve-magnante-s-1001-mustang-facts.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Author Steve Magnante is well known for his encyclopedia-like knowledge of automotive facts. The details he regularly shares, both in the pages of national magazines and as a contributing host and tech expert at the popular Barrett-Jackson Auctions on television, are the kinds of details that car fanatics love to hear. Many feel that these facts are among the highlights of television auction coverage, much more interesting than the final hammer price. Steve turns his attention to the most popular car in history, the Ford Mustang. In more than 50 years, the Mustang has taken many turns, from the original pony car, to variants that are best described as pure muscle cars, to the misunderstood Mustang II, to the Fox-Body platform that revived the brand, all the way to the modern Coyote- and Voodoo-powered supercars. Magnante covers them all here, generation by generation, so that Mustang fans of any generation are sure to love this collection. Whether you're an avid fan of all Mustangs, a trivia buff who wants to stump your friends, or have a particular affinity for a particular era of Mustangs, this book is an informative and entertaining collection of facts from one of the industry's most beloved and respected sources. Add this copy to your collection today.

Relentless Strike

By Sean Naylor
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : St. Martin's Press
  • Book Code : 1466876220
  • Total of Pages : 544
  • Category : History
  • Members : 252
  • Pdf File: relentless-strike.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The New York Times Bestseller and Winner of the 2015 Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award for Unit History Since the attacks of September 11, one organization has been at the forefront of America's military response. Its efforts turned the tide against al-Qaida in Iraq, killed Bin Laden and Zarqawi, rescued Captain Phillips and captured Saddam Hussein. Its commander can direct cruise missile strikes from nuclear submarines and conduct special operations raids anywhere in the world. Relentless Strike tells the inside story of Joint Special Operations Command, the secret military organization that during the past decade has revolutionized counterterrorism, seamlessly fusing intelligence and operational skills to conduct missions that hit the headlines, and those that have remained in the shadows-until now. Because JSOC includes the military's most storied special operations units-Delta Force, SEAL Team 6, the 75th Ranger Regiment-as well as America's most secret aviation and intelligence units, this is their story, too. Relentless Strike reveals tension-drenched meetings in war rooms from the Pentagon to Iraq and special operations battles from the cabin of an MH-60 Black Hawk to the driver's seat of Delta Force's Pinzgauer vehicles as they approach their targets. Through exclusive interviews, reporter Sean Naylor uses his unique access to reveal how an organization designed in the 1980s for a very limited mission set transformed itself after 9/11 to become the military's premier weapon in the war against terrorism and how it continues to evolve today.

Mustang - The Original Pony Car

By Staff of Old Cars Weekly
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Book Code : 1440217653
  • Total of Pages : 208
  • Category : Transportation
  • Members : 189
  • Pdf File: mustang-the-original-pony-car.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The People's Choice! Was there ever a car that captured the imagination of the public like the Ford Mustang? From the rich and famous, to the down and out, to moms, dads, teens and seniors ... everybody seemed to love the Ford pony car. From the moment it landed in showrooms as a 1964 ½ model, the Mustang was a runaway winner. In Mustang, The Original Pony Car, you'll get a guided tour through every year of Mustang, from the original first-year coupes and convertibles, to the wildly popular Fox body cars of the 1980s and '90s, to the fantastic retro-styled fifth-generation 'Stangs of today. Get the full story of the Mustang's long and colorful life, complete with more than 200 photos covering every year of the car's history.

The last Shelby Cobra

By Chris Theodore
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Veloce Publishing Ltd
  • Book Code : 1787117898
  • Total of Pages : 160
  • Category : Transportation
  • Members : 768
  • Pdf File: the-last-shel.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Carroll Shelby, legendary driving ace, race team owner, and designer of Shelby Cobra, Daytona, and Mustang GT350 classics is revered by automotive enthusiasts, yet little has been written about the last quarter century of Carroll Shelby’s life. During that time Chris Theodore, VP at Chrysler and Ford, developed a close personal friendship with Carroll. The Last Shelby Cobra chronicles the development of the many vehicles they worked on together (Viper, Ford GT, Shelby Cobra Concept, Shelby GR1, Shelby GT500 and others). It is an insider’s story about how Shelby came back to the Ford family, and the intrigue behind the five-year journey to get a Shelby badge on a Ford Production Vehicle. The author provides fresh insight and new stories into Shelby’s larger-than-life personality, energy, interests and the many unpublished projects Carroll was involved with, up to his passing. Finally, the book describes their unfinished project, the Super Snake II Cobra, and the serendipitous circumstances that allowed to the author to acquire ‘Daisy,’ the last Shelby Cobra. To his many fans, Carroll Shelby was truly ‘the most interesting man in the world.’

The Challenge of Nation-Building

By Rebecca Patterson
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Book Code : 1442236957
  • Total of Pages : 290
  • Category : Political Science
  • Members : 857
  • Pdf File: the-challenge-of-nation-building.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The Challenge of Nation-Building examines the conditions that have allowed or prevented the U.S. Army to innovate for nation-building effectively. By doing so, it shows how military leadership and civil-military relations have changed.

Bush's Wars

By Terry H. Anderson
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Book Code : 9780199831883
  • Total of Pages : 312
  • Category : Political Science
  • Members : 538
  • Pdf File: bush-s-wars.pdf

Book Short Summary:

From journalistic accounts like Fiasco and Imperial Life in the Emerald City to insider memoirs like Jawbreaker and Three Cups of Tea , the books about America's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan could fill a library. But each explores a narrow slice of a whole: two wars launched by a single president as part of a single foreign policy. Now noted historian Terry H. Anderson examines them together, in a single comprehensive overview. Shortly after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, President George W. Bush told advisor Karl Rove, "I am here for a reason, and this is how we're going to be judged." Anderson provides this judgment in this sweeping, authoritative account of Bush's War on Terror and his twin interventions. He begins with historical surveys of Iraq and Afghanistan known respectively as "the improbable country" and "the graveyard of empires," and he examines U.S. policies toward those and other nations in the Middle East from the 1970s to 2000s. Then Anderson focuses on the Bush Administration, carrying us through such events as the terrorist's attacks of 9/11, the invasion of Afghanistan and the siege of Tora Bora, the "Axis of Evil" speech, the invasion of Iraq and capture of Baghdad, and the eruption of insurgency in Iraq. He ranges from RPGs slamming into Abrams tanks to cabinet meetings, vividly portraying both soldiers in the field and such policymakers as Dick Cheney and Condoleezza Rice. Anderson describes the counter-insurgency strategy embodied by the "surge" in Iraq, and the simultaneous revival of the Taliban. He concludes with an assessment of the prosecution of the wars in the first years of Barack Obama's presidency. Carefully researched and briskly narrated, Bush's Wars provides the single-volume, balanced history that we have been waiting for.

Contemporary Military Strategy and the Global War on Terror

By Alastair Finlan
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Book Code : 162892814X
  • Total of Pages : 224
  • Category : Political Science
  • Members : 989
  • Pdf File: contemporary-military-strategy-and-the-global-war-on-terror.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Contemporary Military Strategy and the Global War on Terror offers an in-depth analysis of US/UK military strategy in Afghanistan and Iraq from 2001 to the present day. It explores the development of contemporary military strategy in the West in the modern age before interrogating its application in the Global War on Terror. The book provides detailed insights into the formulation of military plans by political and military elites in the United States and United Kingdom for Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Alastair Finlan highlights the challenges posed by each of these unique theatres of operation, the nature of the diverse enemies faced by coalition forces, and the shortcomings in strategic thinking about these campaigns. This fresh perspective on strategy in the West and how it has been applied in recent military campaigns facilitates a deep understanding of how wars have been and will be fought. Including key terms, concepts and discussion questions for each chapter, Contemporary Military Strategy and the Global War on Terror is a crucial text in strategic studies, and required reading for anyone interested in the new realities of transnational terrorism and twenty-first century warfare.

Data Warehousing and Knowledge Discovery

By A Min Tjoa
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 3540377379
  • Total of Pages : 582
  • Category : Computers
  • Members : 732
  • Pdf File: data-warehousing-and-knowledge-discovery.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Data Warehousing and Knowledge Discovery, DaWaK 2006, held in conjunction with DEXA 2006. The book presents 53 revised full papers, organized in topical sections on ETL processing, materialized view, multidimensional design, OLAP and multidimensional model, cubes processing, data warehouse applications, mining techniques, frequent itemsets, mining data streams, ontology-based mining, clustering, advanced mining techniques, association rules, miscellaneous applications, and classification.

Hard Lessons: the Iraq Reconstruction Experience

By Stuart W. Bowen
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : DIANE Publishing
  • Book Code : 1437912745
  • Total of Pages : 513
  • Category :
  • Members : 984
  • Pdf File: hard-lessons.pdf

Book Short Summary:

A combination of poor planning, weak oversight and greed cheated U.S. taxpayers and undermined American forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. U.S. taxpayers have paid nearly $51 billion for projects in Iraq, including training the Iraqi army and police and rebuilding Iraq's oil, electric, justice, health and transportation sectors. Many of the projects did not succeed, partly because of violence in Iraq and friction between U.S. officials in Washington and Iraqi officials in Baghdad. The U.S. gov¿t. "was neither prepared for nor able to respond quickly to the ever-changing demands" of stabilizing Iraq and then rebuilding it. This report reviews the problems in the war effort, which the Bush admin. claimed would cost $2.4 billion. Charts and tables.

From Storm to Freedom

By John Ballard
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Naval Institute Press
  • Book Code : 1612510051
  • Total of Pages : 321
  • Category : History
  • Members : 566
  • Pdf File: from-storm-to-freedom.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Covering both Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom as two campaigns within a single, if discontinuous, conflict, this book analyzes the strategic interaction between Iraq and the United States from 1990 to 2010 and the key operational decisions that determined the course of the war. The author s assessment of the long war against Iraq includes isunderstandings between government leaders in Iraq and the United States that led initially to war, ineffective UN sanctions, inefficient efforts by the Clinton Administration, and uncoordinated actions by the Bush Administration that then led to a preemptive strategy, continuation of conventional combat, and the evolution of an Iraqi insurgency. Ballard s thorough examination of these multiple operations within the context of a single conflict provides readers with rare and insightful perspectives on the complexity of modern war and the challenges of operational command. He first identifies the influence of the Vietnam era on the use of U.S. military power and the decision for war in 1990 and then outlines the important factors of Iraqi history and culture that dominated relations between the two nations during the 1980s and 1990s. Subsequent chapters examine the conduct of Desert Storm from the American and Iraqi perspectives, and the military, economic, and diplomatic actions of the period between the two conventional campaigns. Final chapters analyze the 2003 offensive on Baghdad, the postwar stabilization operations that began with the failure to transition under the Coalition Provisional Authority, and the eventual implementation of a warfighting strategy that combined new doctrine and a surge of forces to protect the population in a renewed counterinsurgency campaign. A concluding chapter reviews key lessons for the future, including the importance of effective strategic decision making and the operational mindset required to prosecute modern war successfully.

Creating Enemies

By David Mattingly
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Anchor Academic Publishing
  • Book Code : 3954899744
  • Total of Pages : 129
  • Category : Political Science
  • Members : 895
  • Pdf File: creating-enemies.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The Bush administration planned the invasion of Iraq to be a quick “in and out” operation without dedicating a large force for the invasion and the aftermath. The “honeymoon period” immediately after the invasion closed and the insurgency movement emerged and grew when the Coalition Provisional Authority disbanded the army and banned the Ba’ath Party and most of its members from participating in the new government. The results of the orders created an insurgency war that the U.S. and Coalition forces had not planned to fight. The war created numerous domestic and foreign insurgency groups and militias as well as a largely under-governed area in Western Iraq on the Syrian border. The Syrian Civil War drew a number of groups into the country to fight along the pro-Shi`a and pro-Sunni factions. The insurgency war born in the aftermath of the invasion has created regional instability and conflict. The war has also crippled the U.S. in reacting to other global conflicts at a time when Russia is increasing its involvement in world affairs.

Turning Victory Into Success

By
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : DIANE Publishing
  • Book Code : 1428916490
  • Total of Pages : 329
  • Category : Peace-building
  • Members : 208
  • Pdf File: turning-victory-into-success.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Read and download full book Turning Victory Into Success

The Quest

By Daniel Yergin
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Book Code : 1101563702
  • Total of Pages : 832
  • Category : Business & Economics
  • Members : 801
  • Pdf File: the-quest.pdf

Book Short Summary:

“A sprawling story richly textured with original material, quirky details and amusing anecdotes . . .” —Wall Street Journal “It is a cause for celebration that Yergin has returned with his perspective on a very different landscape . . . [I]t is impossible to think of a better introduction to the essentials of energy in the 21st century. The Quest is . . . the definitive guide to how we got here.” —The Financial Times This long-awaited successor to Daniel Yergin’s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Prize provides an essential, overarching narrative of global energy, the principal engine of geopolitical and economic change A master storyteller as well as a leading energy expert, Daniel Yergin continues the riveting story begun in his Pulitzer Prize–winning book, The Prize. In The Quest, Yergin shows us how energy is an engine of global political and economic change and conflict, in a story that spans the energies on which our civilization has been built and the new energies that are competing to replace them. The Quest tells the inside stories, tackles the tough questions, and reveals surprising insights about coal, electricity, and natural gas. He explains how climate change became a great issue and leads readers through the rebirth of renewable energies, energy independence, and the return of the electric car. Epic in scope and never more timely, The Quest vividly reveals the decisions, technologies, and individuals that are shaping our future.

After Saddam

By Nora Bensahel,Olga Oliker,Keith Crane,Richard R. Jr. Brennan,Heather S. Gregg
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Rand Corporation
  • Book Code : 0833046381
  • Total of Pages : 312
  • Category : Technology & Engineering
  • Members : 676
  • Pdf File: after-saddam.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This monograph examines prewar planning efforts for the reconstruction of postwar Iraq. It then examines the role of U.S. military forces after major combat officially ended on May 1, 2003, through June 2004. Finally, it examines civilian efforts at reconstruction, focusing on the activities of the Coalition Provisional Authority and its efforts to rebuild structures of governance, security forces, economic policy, and essential services.

Ford Mustang

By Brad Bowling
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Motorbooks
  • Book Code : 1610601084
  • Total of Pages : 240
  • Category : Transportation
  • Members : 844
  • Pdf File: ford-mustang.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Over 60 of the hottest and most popular production, high-performance, and racing Mustangs are profiled in Ford Mustang. From the early coupes and GTs to today’s newest Shelby, the fastest and most unique pony cars are included in this history of the Mustang nameplate. Profiles of cars from every generation, including the Boss 302s, Mach 1s, and more, include full-color detail and portrait photos, a short history of the car, performance specifications, and trivia. Whether you’re a lifelong Mustang fan of just getting to know the great American performance machine, you’ll enjoy the depth and variety of Ford Mustang.

Maximalist

By Stephen Sestanovich
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Knopf
  • Book Code : 0385349661
  • Total of Pages : 416
  • Category : History
  • Members : 213
  • Pdf File: maximalist.pdf

Book Short Summary:

From a writer with long and high-level experience in the U.S. government, a startling and provocative assessment of America’s global dominance. Maximalist puts the history of our foreign policy in an unexpected new light, while drawing fresh, compelling lessons for the present and future. When the United States has succeeded in the world, Stephen Sestanovich argues, it has done so not by staying the course but by having to change it—usually amid deep controversy and uncertainty. For decades, the United States has been a power like no other. Yet presidents and policy makers worry that they—and, even more, their predecessors—haven’t gotten things right. Other nations, they say to themselves, contribute little to meeting common challenges. International institutions work badly. An effective foreign policy costs too much. Public support is shaky. Even the greatest successes often didn’t feel that way at the time. Sestanovich explores the dramatic results of American global primacy built on these anxious foundations, recounting cycles of overcommitment and underperformance, highs of achievement and confidence followed by lows of doubt. We may think there was a time when America’s international role reflected bipartisan unity, policy continuity, and a unique ability to work with others, but Maximalist tells a different story—one of divided administrations and divisive decision making, of clashes with friends and allies, of regular attempts to set a new direction. Doing too much has always been followed by doing too little, and vice versa. Maximalist unearths the backroom stories and personalities that bring American foreign policy to life. Who knew how hard Lyndon Johnson fought to stay out of the war in Vietnam—or how often Henry Kissinger ridiculed the idea of visiting China? Who remembers that George Bush Sr. found Ronald Reagan’s diplomacy too passive—or that Bush Jr. considered Bill Clinton’s too active? Leaders and scoundrels alike emerge from this retelling in sharper focus than ever before. Sestanovich finds lessons in the past that anticipate and clarify our chaotic present.

Zero-Sum Victory

By Christopher D. Kolenda
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : University Press of Kentucky
  • Book Code : 0813152836
  • Total of Pages : 400
  • Category : Political Science
  • Members : 218
  • Pdf File: zero-sum-victory.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Why have the major post-9/11 US military interventions turned into quagmires? Despite huge power imbalances in the United States' favor, significant capacity-building efforts, and repeated tactical victories by what many observers call the world's best military, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq turned intractable. The US government's fixation on zero-sum, decisive victory in these conflicts is a key reason why military operations to overthrow two developing-world regimes failed to successfully achieve favorable and durable outcomes. In Zero-Sum Victory, retired US Army colonel Christopher D. Kolenda identifies three interrelated problems that have emerged from the government's insistence on zero-sum victory. First, the US government has no organized way to measure successful outcomes other than a decisive military victory, and thus, selects strategies that overestimate the possibility of such an outcome. Second, the United States is slow to recognize and modify or abandon losing strategies; in both cases, US officials believe their strategies are working, even as the situation deteriorates. Third, once the United States decides to withdraw, bargaining asymmetries and disconnects in strategy undermine the prospects for a successful transition or negotiated outcome. Relying on historic examples and personal experience, Kolenda draws thought-provoking and actionable conclusions about the utility of American military power in the contemporary world—insights that serve as a starting point for future scholarship as well as for important national security reforms.

The Assassins' Gate

By George Packer
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Book Code : 0374705321
  • Total of Pages : 480
  • Category : Political Science
  • Members : 609
  • Pdf File: the-assassins-gate.pdf

Book Short Summary:

THE ASSASSINS' GATE: AMERICA IN IRAQ recounts how the United States set about changing the history of the Middle East and became ensnared in a guerilla war in Iraq. It brings to life the people and ideas that created the Bush administration's War on Terror policy and led America to the Assassins' Gate—the main point of entry into the American zone in Baghdad. The consequences of that policy are shown in the author's brilliant reporting on the ground in Iraq, where he made four tours on assignment for The New Yorker. We see up close the struggles of American soldiers and civilians and Iraqis from all backgrounds, thrown together by a war that followed none of the preconceived scripts. The Assassins' Gate also describes the place of the war in American life: the ideological battles in Washington that led to chaos in Iraq, the ordeal of a fallen soldier's family, and the political culture of a country too bitterly polarized to realize such a vast and morally complex undertaking. George Packer's first-person narrative combines the scope of an epic history with the depth and intimacy of a novel, creating a masterful account of America's most controversial foreign venture since Vietnam.

US Military Innovation since the Cold War

By Harvey Sapolsky,Benjamin Friedman,Brendan Green
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1135968675
  • Total of Pages : 224
  • Category : History
  • Members : 628
  • Pdf File: us-military-innovation-since-the-cold-war.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This book explains how the US military reacted to the 'Revolution in Military Affairs' (RMA), and failed to innovate its organization or doctrine to match the technological breakthroughs it brought about. Many called for the transformation of the US military in the years after the end of the Cold War, seeking the changes in organization and doctrine that would complete the RMA innovation and a commitment to counter-insurgency, peace keeping and nation building missions. This volume describes the origins, uses, and limits of the RMA technologies, examines how each of the five US armed services (categorising the Special Operations as a separate service) made their adjustments both to the technologies and the use of force, and how the role of the civilian officials and the defense industry altered in this process of change and avoidance of change. The book examines the internal politics of the services as well as civil/military relations to identify the external pressures on the services for significant change in their doctrine and weapons. Many have noted the failure of the services to innovate in what can be called the 'Second Inter-war Period' (the years after the Cold War). This book offers explanations for this failure and arguments about the possible range and desirability of military innovation in the post-Cold war era. This book will be of great interest to students of strategic studies, US defence politics, military studies, and US politics. Harvey M. Sapolsky is Professor of Public Policy and Organization in the Department of Political Science at MIT and former Director of the Security Studies Program. Benjamin H. Friedman is a Research Fellow in Defense and Homeland Security Studies at the Cato Institute and a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at MIT. Brendan Green is a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at MIT and an affiliate of the Security Studies Program.

By His Own Rules

By Bradley Graham
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : PublicAffairs
  • Book Code : 1586486500
  • Total of Pages : 832
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 822
  • Pdf File: by-his-own-rules.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Once considered among the best and brightest of his generation, Donald Rumsfeld was exceptionally prepared by successful careers in politics and business to assume the Pentagon's top job in 2001. Yet six years later, he left office as the most controversial Defense Secretary since Robert McNamara, widely criticized for his management of the Iraq war and for his difficult relationships with Congress, administration colleagues, and military officers. Was he really the arrogant, errant, over-controlling Pentagon leader frequently portrayed—or as his supporters contend, a brilliant, hard-charging visionary caught in a whirl of polarized Washington politics, dysfunctional federal bureaucracy, and bad luck? Bradley Graham, a longtime Washington Post reporter who closely covered Rumsfeld's challenging tenure at the Pentagon, offers an insightful biography of a complex personality. In the tradition of Karen DeYoung's Soldier and Bart Gellman's Angler, By His Own Rules is a layered and revealing portrait of a man whose impact on U.S. national security affairs will long outlive him.

Sustainable Development in Crisis Conditions

By Phillip J. Cooper,Claudia María Vargas
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
  • Book Code : 1461618746
  • Total of Pages : 304
  • Category : Nature
  • Members : 595
  • Pdf File: sustainable-development-in-crisis-conditions.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Sustainable Development in Crisis Conditions takes a broad-based and integrative approach to exploring nation-building and reconstruction in the wake of environmentally destructive warfare.

Mission Failure

By Michael Mandelbaum
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Book Code : 019046948X
  • Total of Pages : 352
  • Category : Political Science
  • Members : 960
  • Pdf File: mission-failure.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The end of the Cold War led to a dramatic and fundamental change in the foreign policy of the United States. In Mission Failure, Michael Mandelbaum, one of America's leading foreign-policy thinkers, provides an original, provocative, and definitive account of the ambitious but deeply flawed post-Cold War efforts to promote American values and American institutions throughout the world. In the decades before the Cold War ended the United States, like virtually every other country throughout history, used its military power to defend against threats to important American international interests or to the American homeland itself. When the Cold War concluded, however, it embarked on military interventions in places where American interests were not at stake. Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia and Kosovo had no strategic or economic importance for the United States, which intervened in all of them for purely humanitarian reasons. Each such intervention led to efforts to transform the local political and economic systems. The invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, launched in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, turned into similar missions of transformation. None of them achieved its aims. Mission Failure describes and explains how such missions came to be central to America's post-Cold War foreign policy, even in relations with China and Russia in the early 1990s and in American diplomacy in the Middle East, and how they all failed. Mandelbaum shows how American efforts to bring peace, national unity, democracy, and free-market economies to poor, disorderly countries ran afoul of ethnic and sectarian loyalties and hatreds and foundered as well on the absence of the historical experiences and political habits, skills, and values that Western institutions require. The history of American foreign policy in the years after the fall of the Berlin Wall is, he writes, "the story of good, sometimes noble, and thoroughly American intentions coming up against the deeply embedded, often harsh, and profoundly un-American realities of places far from the United States. In this encounter the realities prevailed."

Test by Fire

By R. Swansbrough
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 0230611877
  • Total of Pages : 284
  • Category : Political Science
  • Members : 714
  • Pdf File: test.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This book examines the successes and failures of George W. Bush as a War President. The author critically assesses the administration's key decisions in the war on terror and President Bush's vision of creating a democratic Middle East.

U.S. Marines In Afghanistan, 2001-2002: From The Sea

By Colonel Nathan S. Lowrey
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Pickle Partners Publishing
  • Book Code : 1786256223
  • Total of Pages : 546
  • Category : History
  • Members : 895
  • Pdf File: u-s-marines-in-afghanistan-2001-2002.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Includes more than 100 maps, plans and illustrations. “This monograph is more than the story of Marine expeditionary operations in Afghanistan. It describes who our nation’s enemies are; how America became involved in the Global War on Terrorism; and how the Marine Corps struggled to acquire a major role in Operation Enduring Freedom, as well as the actions of Marines and sailors who helped prosecute the air and ground campaigns against Taliban and al-Qaeda forces.”— Dr. Charles P. Neimeyer, Director of Marine Corps History

The Discourse Trap and the US Military

By J. Michaels
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 0230372058
  • Total of Pages : 267
  • Category : Political Science
  • Members : 415
  • Pdf File: the-discourse-trap-and-the-us-military.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This book proposes the idea of a 'discourse trap' in which the discourses and associated terminology devised for political or military reasons can entrap policymakers by motivating or constraining their actions.

Perspectives on the American Way of War

By Thomas A. Marks,Kirklin J. Bateman
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1000713040
  • Total of Pages : 264
  • Category : History
  • Members : 822
  • Pdf File: perspectives-on-the-american-way-of-war.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Perspectives on the American Way of War examines salient cases of American experience in irregular warfare, focusing upon the post-World War II era. This book asks why recent misfires have emerged in irregular warfare from an institutional, professional, and academic context which regularly produces evidence that there is in fact no lack of understanding of both irregular challenges and correct responses. Expert contributors explore the reasoning behind the inability to achieve victory, however defined, and argue that what security professionals have failed to fully recognize, even today, is that what is at issue is not warfare suffused with politics but rather the very opposite, politics suffused with warfare. Perspectives on the American Way of War will be of great interest to scholars of war and conflict studies, strategic and military studies, insurgency and counterinsurgency, and terrorism and counterterrorism. The book was originally published as a special issue of Small Wars & Insurgencies.

Faith-Based War

By T. Walter Herbert
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1317491203
  • Total of Pages : 224
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 519
  • Pdf File: faith-based-war.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The American invasion of Iraq was largely governed by faith-based policy. The "shock and Awe" strategy, alongside a grossly mismanaged occupation, led to the loss of American lives. Faith-Based War presents an analysis of the imperialist Christian militarism behind the Bush Administration. America’s self-perception as God’s Chosen is examined and its catastrophic results detailed. The book offers an ethical, political and theological perspective on the perversion of Christian teaching behind the war in Iraq and the moral culpability of the American empire.

The Lost Language of Symbolism

By Harold Bayley
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Courier Corporation
  • Book Code : 0486317846
  • Total of Pages : 784
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 904
  • Pdf File: the-lost-language-of-symbolism.pdf

Book Short Summary:

DIVThis remarkable book reveals the hidden meaning behind familiar images and words, from the origins of Santa Claus to the fleur-de-lys, drawing from mythology, folklore, religious texts, and fairy tales. 1,418 illustrations. /div

The Alchemist

By Paulo Coelho
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Book Code : 0062416219
  • Total of Pages : 208
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 693
  • Pdf File: the-alchemist.pdf

Book Short Summary:

A special 25th anniversary edition of the extraordinary international bestseller, including a new Foreword by Paulo Coelho. Combining magic, mysticism, wisdom and wonder into an inspiring tale of self-discovery, The Alchemist has become a modern classic, selling millions of copies around the world and transforming the lives of countless readers across generations. Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago's journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.

Speed Read Mustang

By Donald Farr
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Motorbooks
  • Book Code : 0760364427
  • Total of Pages : 160
  • Category : Transportation
  • Members : 135
  • Pdf File: speed-read-mustang.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Motorbooks' Speed Read series celebrates every aspect of the original pony car—the Ford Mustang—from the key people like Lee Iacocca and Carroll Shelby to the racing success to the cars themselves. Get a full look at every iconic Mustang model, from the first car to bear the name that became the fastest selling car of all time, to the astounding 526-horsepower supercar Mustang produces today. In sections divided by topic, you'll explore the design and launch of the first Mustang at the 1964 World's Fair; a history of every generation of Mustang; the various body styles, options, and accessories; a review of the performance models; a profile of Carroll Shelby and the Mustangs he designed; special editions, like the Sprint, ASC/McLaren, and police pursuit vehicles; and, of course, the Mustang's racing legacy. Each section ends with a glossary of related terms, and informational sidebars provide fun facts, historical tidbits, and mini-bios of key people in Mustang history. Sleek illustrations showcase Mustangs in their many forms. With Motorbooks’ Speed Read series, become an instant expert in a range of fast-moving subjects, from Formula 1 racing to the Tour de France. Accessible language, compartmentalized sections, fact-filled sidebars, glossaries of key terms, and event timelines deliver quick access to insider knowledge. Their brightly colored covers, modern design, pop art–inspired illustrations, and handy size make them perfect on-the-go reads.

Securing the State

By Christopher P. Gibson
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1317058143
  • Total of Pages : 172
  • Category : Political Science
  • Members : 402
  • Pdf File: securing-the-state.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Focusing on top civilian and military advisors within the national security establishment, this significant book looks at four case studies with a focus on civil-military relations within the US Department of Defense. It investigates whether balanced approaches produce more effective policies and outcomes than dominating structures. The culmination of Gibson's treatise is the advancement of the 'Madisonian approach' to civilian control of the military, a normative framework designed to replace Samuel Huntington's 'Objective Control' model and also the 'Subjective Control' model, initially practised by Defense Secretary Robert McNamara and most recently by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. The Madisonian approach calls for changes in US law and new norms to guide the interactions of key participants who populate the civil-military nexus. This book is destined to influence US strategic thinking and should be added to the syllabus of courses in civil-military relations, strategic studies and military history. Given the struggling US policy in Iraq, the time is right for a critical review of US civil-military relations and this book provides the departure point for analysis and a potential way forward.