America's defense meltdown: Pentagon reform for President Obama and the new Congress : thirteen non-partisan Pentagon insiders, retired military officers, and defense specialists speak out

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Stanford Security Studies,
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[2009]
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America's Defense Meltdown: Pentagon Reform for President Obama and the New Congress describes how America's armed forces are manned and equipped to fight, at best, enemies that do not now—and may never again—exist and to combat real enemies ineffectively at high human and material cost. Given that many regard America's military as "the best in the world," how can this be?In answer to this question, 13 "non-partisan Pentagon insiders, retired military officers, and defense specialists" lay out an array of hard-hitting and well-documented charges against our current defense establishment. They demonstrate that the hugely expensive and excessively complex weapons embraced by the Pentagon and Congress as vital for our national defense are barely adequate for engaging in outmoded 20th century forms of warfare. They are woefully inadequate for fighting a 21st century "fourth generation" war, as we've learned so painfully in Iraq and Afghanistan. At least as disturbing is the condition of the US defense budget. Over time, policy makers of all political stripes have created budgets that have made our forces smaller, less well equipped, and less ready to fight—all at dramatically increasing cost.Fortunately, the book's authors offer "real-world" solutions to all the problems they identify. At the same time, however, they remain pessimistic about the prospects for real change—arguing that in a system that measures merit by the amount of money spent, the reform proposals elaborated in this book are likely to meet intense resistance. As Winslow Wheeler remarks, "The changes require a president with an iron will who will require real, not cosmetic, reforms of a system determined to and skilled at countering them. It will also require a president who will stick with the process for years, continuously making decisions that will ultimately reverse the present disastrous course U.S. national security is now on. "
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title_displayAmerica's defense meltdown : Pentagon reform for President Obama and the new Congress : thirteen non-partisan Pentagon insiders, retired military officers, and defense specialists speak out
title_fullAmerica's defense meltdown : Pentagon reform for President Obama and the new Congress : thirteen non-partisan Pentagon insiders, retired military officers, and defense specialists speak out / edited by Winslow T. Wheeler
title_shortAmerica's defense meltdown
title_subPentagon reform for President Obama and the new Congress : thirteen non-partisan Pentagon insiders, retired military officers, and defense specialists speak out