U.S. Army Doctrine: From the American Revolution to the War on Terror

U S Army Doctrine From the American Revolution to the War on Terror From the American Revolution to the global war on terror U S Army doctrine has evolved to regulate the chaos of armed conflict by providing an intellectual basis for organizing training equipping

  • Title: U.S. Army Doctrine: From the American Revolution to the War on Terror
  • Author: Walter E. Kretchik
  • ISBN: 9780700618064
  • Page: 456
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From the American Revolution to the global war on terror, U.S Army doctrine has evolved to regulate the chaos of armed conflict by providing an intellectual basis for organizing, training, equipping, and operating the military Walter E Kretchik analyzes the service s keystone doctrine over three centuries to reveal that the army s leadership is forward thinking andFrom the American Revolution to the global war on terror, U.S Army doctrine has evolved to regulate the chaos of armed conflict by providing an intellectual basis for organizing, training, equipping, and operating the military Walter E Kretchik analyzes the service s keystone doctrine over three centuries to reveal that the army s leadership is forward thinking and adaptive than has been generally believed.The first comprehensive history of Army doctrine, Kretchik s book fully explores the principles that have shaped the Army s approach to warfare From Regulations For the Order and Discipline of the Troops of the United States in 1779 to modern day field manuals, it reflects the fashioning of doctrine to incorporate the lessons of past wars and minimize the uncertainty and dangers of battle.Kretchik traces Army doctrine through four distinct eras 1779 1904, when guidelines were compiled by single authors or a board of officers in tactical drill manuals 1905 1944, when the Root Reforms fixed doctrinal responsibility with the General Staff 1944 1962, the era of multiservice doctrine and, beginning in 1962, coalition warfare with its emphasis on interagency cooperation He reveals that doctrine has played a significant role in the Army s performance throughout its history although not always to its advantage, as it has often failed to anticipate accurately the nature of the next war and still continues to be locked in a debate between advocates of conventional warfare and those who emphasize counterinsurgency approaches.Each chapter presents individuals who helped define and articulate Army doctrine during each period of its history including George Washington and Baron von Steuben in the eighteenth century, Emory Upton and Arthur Wagner in the nineteenth, and Elihu Root and William DePuy in the twentieth Each identifies the first principles set down in manuals covering such topics as tactics, operations, and strategy size, organization, and distribution of forces and the promise and challenges of technological innovation Each also presents specific cases that analyze how effectively the Army actually applied a particular era s doctrine.Doctrine remains the basis of instruction in the Army school system, ensuring that all officers and enlisted soldiers share a common intellectual framework This book elucidates that framework for the first time.

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    1. Kretchik traces the lineage of what he labels "keystone doctrine" from the 1779 Regulations to FM 3-0 (2008) stressing that US Army Doctrine is more evolutionary than revolutionary. While I highly recommend actually reading past doctrine (at least from the 1905 FSR onward), Kretchik's book is far more accessible and contextualized. He focuses not only on the contents of the documents (including often their theoretical basis) but on the mentality of the lead writers, the justification for the ref [...]

    2. This is actually a surprising good book. Certainly it is mostly to fill a gap in research and exist as a reference but it is an interesting look at the evolution of US Army doctrine from the Revolution until 2008.

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