Victory at Risk

Victory at Risk

Restoring America's Military Power : A New War Plan for the Pentagon

eBook - 2009
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Our combat readiness to fight a conventional war is in freefall.This is the alarm sounded with clarity, authority, and conviction in Victory at Risk, a veteran Army officer and policymaker’s deeply disturbing critique of today’sU. S. military establishment.Major General Michael W. Davidson, a decorated combat veteran and one of our most distinguished Army commanders, describes an America in grave danger; a nation whose ability to bring peace and stability to trouble spots around the world has become seriously compromised as we have strayed from the bedrock sources of our past victories.

As General Davidson shows, the force that triumphed in Desert Storm was the muscular remnant of the Cold War military.But today’s leaner military does not have the capacity to withstand misuse.A passionate and informed spokesman for the military, the general describes a Pentagon that does not work, a White House that has politicized decision-making, and a Congress that has abdicated its responsibility for declaring war on behalf of the American people. Drawing on the core lessons of the history of the United States, Davidson identifies the strengths that have brought victory and traces the path that has led us astray.He argues in plain and commanding terms that our readiness to win futures wars--againstChina, Pakistan, Iran, or any other threat around the world--requires a reconsideration not only of weapons and strategy, but also of the national interests and obligations that compel us to arms.



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Davidson, a retired major general with the US Army, evaluates the "effectiveness, adaptability and preparedness" of the military and notes that its powers have steadily declined over the last 50 years. While the author focuses on stress the Iraq War has placed upon military forces in recent years, he documents failures in both the Korean and Vietnam conflicts and how these events shaped the ways wars are now funded and organized. Written for general readers, this book questions whether the US military would be able to deal effectively with another global conflict in the near future, and offers recommendations for improving strategies through leadership, technology and rebalanced priorities. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Mbi Pub Co

Our combat readiness to fight a conventional war is in freefall. This is the alarm sounded with clarity, authority, and conviction in Victory at Risk, a veteran Army officer and policymaker’s deeply disturbing critique of today’s U. S. military establishment. Major General Michael W. Davidson, a decorated combat veteran and one of our most distinguished Army commanders, describes an America in grave danger; a nation whose ability to bring peace and stability to trouble spots around the world has become seriously compromised as we have strayed from the bedrock sources of our past victories.

As General Davidson shows, the force that triumphed in Desert Storm was the muscular remnant of the Cold War military. But today’s leaner military does not have the capacity to withstand misuse. A passionate and informed spokesman for the military, the general describes a Pentagon that does not work, a White House that has politicized decision-making, and a Congress that has abdicated its responsibility for declaring war on behalf of the American people. Drawing on the core lessons of the history of the United States, Davidson identifies the strengths that have brought victory and traces the path that has led us astray. He argues in plain and commanding terms that our readiness to win futures wars--against China, Pakistan, Iran, or any other threat around the world--requires a reconsideration not only of weapons and strategy, but also of the national interests and obligations that compel us to arms.


One of our most distinguished Army commanders identifies the failed policies that have compromised the U. S. military’s ability to protect the nation’s interests.



Publisher: Minneapolis, MN : Zenith Press, 2009
ISBN: 9781616732462
1616732466
9780760335574
0760335575
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xii, 244 pages)

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