Reconsidering the American Way of War: US Military Practice by Antulio J. Echevarria II

By Antulio J. Echevarria II

Not easy numerous longstanding notions in regards to the American manner of conflict, this e-book examines US strategic and operational perform from 1775 to 2014. It surveys all significant US wars from the struggle of Independence to the campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, in addition to so much smaller US conflicts to figure out what styles, if any, existed in American makes use of of strength. opposite to many renowned sentiments, Echevarria reveals that the yankee approach of conflict isn't astrategic, apolitical, or outlined by way of overwhelming strength. as a substitute, the yank manner of battle used to be pushed extra through political issues than army ones, and the volume of strength hired was once hardly overwhelming or decisive. As a student of Clausewitz, Echevarria borrows explicitly from the Prussian to explain the yankee manner of warfare not just as an extension folks coverage by way of different ability, but in addition the continuation folks politics through these skill. The book's specialise in strategic and operational perform closes the space among opinions of yankee strategic considering and analyses folks campaigns. Echevarria discovers that the majority conceptions of yank strategic tradition fail to carry as much as scrutiny, and that US operational perform has been toward army technological know-how than to army artwork. delivering a clean examine how America's leaders have used army strength traditionally and what that could suggest for the long run, this booklet can be of curiosity to army practitioners and policymakers, scholars and students of army background and safety reviews, and normal readers drawn to army heritage and the way forward for army energy.

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I am also grateful to Don Jacobs of Georgetown University Press for his professionalism in preparing this manuscript for publication. Last and never least, my deepest appreciation goes to my family, whose patience was limitless over the long months I spent writing this book. To my wife Laurie and our children I owe a debt I can never repay. ” Russell Weigley, The American Way of War, 1973 THIS BOOK CHALLENGES several longstanding notions about the American way of war. It examines American military practice from the War of Independence to the campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan to determine what patterns, if any, exist in the way Americans have used military force against their adversaries.

The term United States (or the adjective US) is used in this study even for the Revolutionary era, as the political and military institutions established during this period provided the foundations for those developed later. 7. See Kelly and Brennan, Alien. ,” argues the operational level of war assumed strategic significance since the end of the Cold War. 8. Roosevelt, “State of the Union,” 1943. 9. , conduct dominating or decisive operations), stabilize, and enable civil authority. 10. Cf. Caraccilo, Beyond Guns and Steel; Rose, How Wars End; Moten, War Termination; and Pillar, Negotiating Peace.

11 As a result, the further evolution of strategies of attrition was cut short, and American military strategy became one-sided or imbalanced. This habit of mind subsequently slowed the search for strategic alternatives from the 1950s through the Vietnam War era. ”12 This was a significant statement because Weigley’s analysis of US military strategies did not address how useful they might be in turning tactical victories into policy successes. 15 The study filled an important gap because Weigley had very little to say about Wilson’s use of force in pursuit of the purposes of policy.

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