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The Iraq Wars and America's Military Revolution - Keith L. Shimko

The Iraq Wars and America's Military Revolution

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Published: 2nd August 2010
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Did Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom herald a transformation in warfare? In a clearly written examination of these two wars, Shimko's answer is yes.

His book advances the debate over the existence and scope of the revolution in military affairs (RMA) by giving defence planners and scholars a framework to judge the evidence themselves. Shimko outlines the key features of the revolution, speculating on what they mean for the low-intensity conflicts of today and how they might shape the high-intensity conflicts of the future.

About the Author

Keith L. Shimko is Associate Professor of Political Science at Purdue University, where he has taught since 1989. His teaching and research interests are in the areas of international relations and security. Professor Shimko is the author of Images and Arms Control , which received the Quincy Wright Award in 1992, and three editions of International Relations : Perspectives and Controversies. He has also taught at the University of Hamburg, where he was a guest Professor in the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy in 2002-2003.

'Did Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom herald a transformation in warfare? In a clearly written examination of these two wars, Shimko's answer is yes. His book advances the debate over the existence and scope of the revolution in military affairs (RMA) by giving defense planners and scholars a framework to judge the evidence themselves. Shimko outlines the key features of the revolution, speculating on what they mean for the low-intensity conflicts of today and how they might shape the high-intensity conflicts of the future. Advocates as well as skeptics of a transformation in warfare will find The Iraq Wars and America's Military Revolution valuable because it is the most coherent statement to date in support of the RMA.' Jasen J. Castillo, Texas A&M University 'In The Iraq Wars and America's Military Revolution, Keith Shimko offers an informed and fair assessment of the rich yet often disputatious range of views on the evolution and combat use of American military power since Vietnam. In considering the hard investment choices now facing the nation's defense leaders, he has well spotlighted both the merits and the manifest exaggerations on all sides of the debate over the relative strengths and inadequacies of America's transformed warfighting posture from the Persian Gulf War of 1991 to today's very different counterinsurgency wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.' Benjamin Lambeth, RAND Corporation 'Keith L. Shimko has written a clear and carefully nuanced work on the emergence of the American revolution in military affairs. It should be read by all interested in current defense issues.' Williamson Murray, Ohio State University

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Military Revolutions and the Iraq Warsp. 1
1991, A New Kind of War?p. 1
Revolutions and Military Revolutionsp. 3
The Contemporary Debatep. 9
RMA Skepticismp. 15
Thinking about a New RMAp. 19
The Iraq Warsp. 21
Conclusion: Theory, Policy, and a Contemporary RMAp. 25
From Vietnam to Iraq - The Rebirth of American Military Power and the Origins of an RMAp. 26
The First Iraq Warp. 26
The First Glimmers of Revolutionp. 27
After Vietnam: Constraints and Challengesp. 31
Countering Soviet Superiorityp. 35
A Revolution in Trainingp. 37
A Revolution in Technologyp. 39
A Revolution in Doctrinep. 46
Conclusionp. 51
The First Iraq War, 1991 - A Revolution Dawns?p. 53
The Road to Warp. 53
The War Planp. 56
The Warp. 63
The Strategic Air Campaignp. 64
Preparing the Battlefieldp. 67
The Ground Campaignp. 73
Evaluating the First Iraq Warp. 76
What Kind of Victory?p. 76
What Kind of Revolution?p. 79
Conclusionp. 88
The Iraqi Interregnum, 1991-2000p. 91
The Calm After the Stormp. 91
Technology Advancesp. 93
Munitionsp. 94
Sensorsp. 95
Communicationsp. 97
Intervention in Somalia, 1992-1993p. 99
The Lessons of Somaliap. 101
Military Operations Other Than Warp. 104
The RMA and Network-Centric Warfarep. 108
The System of Systemsp. 109
Rapid Dominance: "Shock and Awe"p. 111
Net-Centric Warfarep. 113
Kosovo: NATO's "Curious Little War"p. 116
Operation Allied Forcep. 118
Evaluating OAFp. 120
Air-Centric versus Network-Centric Warfarep. 127
Conclusionp. 129
Afghanistan and the Second Iraq War, 2001-2003 - A Revolution Confirmed?p. 131
Revolution Confirmed?p. 131
Bush, Rumsfeld, and Military Transformationp. 131
The Afghan Preludep. 134
The "Afghan Model"p. 135
Evaluating the "Afghan Model"p. 138
The Second Iraq War, 2003p. 142
The Battle Over the War Planp. 143
The Opposing Forcesp. 148
The War: Operation Iraqi Freedomp. 150
Evaluating the Second Iraq Warp. 158
Rumsfeld Vindicated?p. 159
OIF and the RMA: Precision, Information, Jointness, and Parallel Warp. 163
The "Digital Divide"p. 168
Conclusionp. 171
The Third Iraq War, 2003-? - A Revolution Denied?p. 173
Liberation to Occupationp. 173
Disorder and Insurgencyp. 174
A Budding Insurgencyp. 177
April 2004: A Very Bad Monthp. 180
Summer 2004: Finally, a Strategyp. 183
2005: Elections, Governance, and Insurgencyp. 187
2006: Insurgency and Civil War?p. 190
The Rise of Counterinsurgentsp. 192
One Last Try, with a Little Helpp. 195
Evaluating the Third Iraq Warp. 200
The Third Iraq War and Military Transformationp. 202
The Third Iraq War and the RMAp. 206
Conclusionp. 210
Conclusion: The Future of America's Military Revolutionp. 213
The Nature and Limits of the RMAp. 214
The Iraq Wars and the Future of American Defense Policyp. 222
Prioritiesp. 224
Fungibilityp. 226
Institutionsp. 229
Conclusion: "Re-Balancing" American Defense Policy?p. 232
Indexp. 239

ISBN: 9780521128841
ISBN-10: 0521128846
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 2nd August 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.7  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.363