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Transformation under fire : revolutionizing how America fights
Macgregor, Douglas A.
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Westport, CT : Praeger, [2003]

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xviii, 300 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
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Are we prepared to meet the challenges of the next war? What should our military look like? What lessons have we learned from recent actions in Afghanistan and Iraq? Macgregor has captured the attention of key leaders and inspired a genuine public debate on military reform. With the dangerous world situation of the early 21st century-and possible flashpoints ranging from the Middle East to the Far East-interservice cooperation in assembling small, mobile units and a dramatically simplified command structure is essential. MacGregor's controversial ideas, favored by the current Bush administration, would reduce timelines for deployment, enhance responsiveness to crises, and permit rapid decision-making and planning.The Army is the nation's primary instrument of land warfare, but what capabilities can the Army field today, and what is the Joint Commander likely to need tomorrow? Stuck with a force structure that hasn't changed since Word War II, as well as an outdated command system, today's Army faces potential failure in a modern war. Without a conceptual redefinition of warfare as a joint operation, a new military culture that can execute joint expeditionary warfare will not emerge. New technology both compels and enables evolution of the armed forces' organization. MacGregor's visionary plan to integrate ground maneuver forces with powerful strike assets is the foundation for a true revolution in military affairs, and has sparked heated debates in policy and military circles.

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Douglas A. Macgregor is a Colonel with the Center for Technology and National Security at the National Defense University.

Table of Contents

General Sir Rupert Smith KCB DSO OBE QGMMajor General Robert H. Scales Jr., USA (Ret.)
Figuresp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Forewordp. xv
Forewordp. xvii
I Introductionp. 1
The Roadmap to Joint Expeditionary Operations in Land Warfarep. 3
II Transforming to What?p. 7
Why Army Transformation Stalledp. 11
The Illusion of Changep. 15
A Third Way to Transform Land Powerp. 25
Six Recommendationsp. 26
III War and Globalizationp. 39
Whom Do We Fight? Where Do We Fight?p. 42
How Do We Fight?p. 51
Conclusionp. 56
IV It's about Effectsp. 65
Moving beyond Cold War Metrics of Military Powerp. 66
Linking Ends and Means for Effectp. 69
Thinking about Effects--Kosovop. 72
Achieving Synergy in EBO: North Africa, 1940p. 76
Fighting for Effects Todayp. 80
Precision Thinkingp. 84
Conclusionp. 85
V Concepts and Architectures for Joint Expeditionary Warfarep. 91
An Intellectual Approach to Transformationp. 93
Operational Architecture for Joint Expeditionary Warfarep. 95
Forget the Old Rulesp. 102
Making Flatter Command Structures Workp. 104
Form Should Follow Function in Command and Controlp. 108
Command and Control for Global Joint Expeditionary Warfarep. 109
Conclusionp. 111
VI Organizing for Global Joint Expeditionary Warfarep. 119
The Age of "the Small, the Fast, and the Many"p. 121
Rethinking the Objective Force with a Transformational Approachp. 124
XVIII Airborne Corps: Spearhead of Army Transformationp. 130
The Light Reconnaissance Strike Groupp. 132
The Airborne-Air Assault Groupp. 136
The Aviation Combat Groupp. 139
The Early Deploying Support Groupp. 141
The C[superscript 4]I Groupp. 143
Additional Capability-Based Formations in III Corpsp. 144
Conclusionp. 147
VII Getting Ready for the Fight!p. 155
Training for Readiness to Deploy and Fightp. 159
Toward a Joint Rotational Solutionp. 161
Conclusionp. 167
VIII Why the Hell Do We Still Have Troops in Iceland?p. 171
Where Are the Soldiers?p. 173
Streamlining Army Command and Controlp. 177
Implementing Army Transformationp. 182
Conclusionp. 186
IX Leadership and Change in a Cultural Revolutionp. 189
The New Army Leaderp. 191
From Garrison to Warp. 194
Danger: Old Cultures in New Worldsp. 200
Making a Revolutionp. 206
Developing New Leadersp. 209
Education for Military Excellencep. 212
Conclusionp. 215
X Epilogue or Prologue?p. 225
The Defining Moment of Warp. 231
Toward a New American Way of Warp. 233
Civilians Must Leadp. 241
Appendix Technology for Land Forces in Joint Expeditionary Warfarep. 249
Adapting the Acquisition Process to Soldier Needp. 252
Understanding the Army in Warp. 256
The Fight for Informationp. 257
The Battle of Secondsp. 259
The Battle of Minutesp. 266
The Battle of Hours and Daysp. 270
Conclusionp. 276
Glossary of Abbreviations, Acronyms, and Military Termsp. 285
Indexp. 295