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Command Mismanagement PDF #10003 Crisis in Command Book Description Richard A Gabriel has contributed to Crisis in Command as an authorRichard A Gabriel is a distinguished professor in the Department of History and War Studies at the Royal Military C. Crisis in Command advances a singular and bold thesis that the Vietnam War was lost because the American military prior to the war abandoned the moral principles of combat leadership but then shies away from the full force of the accusation and loses itself in a mass of generalities about war and morality that fail to link the twoThe basic thesis is that small unit cohesion is vital for winning battles And while logistics and strategy may win wars it is also hard to win a war while losing all the battles Small unit cohesion is maintained by skilled leaders at the company and platoon level who share the risks of the men and inspire them to risk their lives in pursuit of victory This reuires a commitment to what is somewhat confusingly referred to in the book as 'corporate values' a commitment to a common cause even at great risk to the self The opposite moral framework are 'entrepreneurial values' a businessman's ethic of efficiently allocating resources Entrepreneurial values are well and good but no one is expected to die for General Motors To summarize the book in an epigram soldiers are either lead to victory or managed to death Entrepreneurialism took over the Army during the Second World War starting with General Marshall's industrial total war escalating through the whizbang techno centrism of the early Cold War and reaching it's apogee with Defense Secretary McNamara who literally came from Ford Motors These values were represented by careerism and hypocrisy the fraudulent inflation of body counts and awards for valor and the use of troops as means to the end of ensure the promotion of the Colonel to General rather than moral actors in their own right Troops resisted by desertion drug use mutiny and fragging their officers And if there was a war to be won it'd have to be done mostly by airpower and artillery It's an interesting thesis and the authors back it up by showing that as the number of officers inflated during Vietnam their proportion of casualties declined Removing helicopter crashes as a combat cause of death and a helicopter is 10000 parts flying in close formation around an oil leak which lusts to end its existence by killing all aboard and the numbers get even worse The higher in rank you are the you're protected from death Officers did not share the burden of combat fairly and worse career officers and NCOs could manipulate the personnel system so that they got safe rear echelon jobs The actual fighting was done by draftees lead by amateursOver 40 years on the American Army has rebuilt itself as a formidable all volunteer fighting force Whatever went wrong in Ira and Afghanistan it was not a lack of lethality and commitment to aggressive action on the part of the infantry But some recommendations like a moral code to replace a Korean War era holdover an empowered Investigator General and a morally aware Army seem to have gone nowhere The authors continually discuss how Britain Israel France and Nazi Germany created effective armies from cultural heritages broadly comparable to 20th century America but lack specific detailsAnd ultimately war is about killing people Morally it should be a crime but because it's done in uniform by nations it's alright There's a single distinct word for the syndrome identified in Crisis in Command and that word is COWARDICE Not of men but of organizations This book might have been cutting edge in 1978 but at the present I highly recommend Achilles in Vietnam and Dereliction of Duty for the actual details of how the men in charge of the American Army during the Vietnam War managed it into disintegration

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Crisis in Command Mismanagement in the ArmyOllege of Canada and in the in Command Mismanagement in the EpubDepartment of Defence Studies at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto He was professor of history and politics at the US Army War College and held the Visiting Chair Crisis in Kindle. A great 1 find to support a Texas military museum Read this after several books about the Vietnam era and then right after a similar book called Bleeding Talent by Tim Kane from 2012 about how the military mismanages talent and leadership Crisis in Command serves as a nice bridge between the draft era of Vietnam and the contemporary construct of a profession of arms built on an all voluntary force last draftee retired in 2009 if you count CSM Mellinger or 2014 if you count CW5 Rigby A lot of the criticism of the draft era Army and the nascent VOLAR of the 78s was well founded in this book and as someone who has served since 1986 I can see that some of that criticism has been directly or indirectly addressed through changes in statutes regulation and policy A good historical account of why you 1 don't want too many officers ratio wise 2 need leaders not managers 3 desire entrepreneurial risk takers and not corporate risk averters 4 should eschew fewer ticket punchers box checkers and careerists and 5 keep leaders with soldiers longer and willing to share the risk

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summary Crisis in Command Mismanagement in the Army 108 î [EPUB] ✼ Crisis in Command Mismanagement in the Army By Richard A. Gabriel – Crisis in Command Book Description Richard A Gabriel has contributed to Crisis in Command as an authorRichard A Gabriel is a distinguished professor in the DepartmeIn Military Ethics at the Marine Corps University Gabriel is a former US Army officer and the author of than forty five books including Scipio Africanus Potomac Books Inc Thutmose III Potomac Books Inc and Philip II of Macedonia Greater Than Alexand. Authors argue that the Army at the time adopted a corporate culture and lost their way