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Military Incompetence

Why the American Military Doesn't Win

Richard A. Gabriel

Hill and Wang

The history of American military operations in the post-Vietnam era has been marked by failure and near-disaster.  Since 1970, American forces have been committed in five operations--in Sontay to rescue prisoners, in Cambodia on behalf of the crew of the Mayaguez, in Iran to rescue the American hostages, in Beirut, and in Grenada--and in each case they have failed.  Gabriel tells how and why each was crippled by faulty intelligence, clumsy execution, or poor planning by the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  Much of his information is still classified by the Pentagon and is revealed here for the first time. Finally, Gabriel offers a prescription for reform based on his twenty-one years of military experience.

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1WHY THINGS GO WRONGTHE ability of a nation to work its will through military force is one of the vital elements of national power. The credibility of a state's military forces (based on its record) is an important factor in its ability to gain its foreign-policy objectives without the use of force. The threat of force is often sufficient to gain policy objectives. As a corollary, when a nation has a record of successful military operations, the available options of its adversaries are often self-limiting. It was, for example, the excellent reputation of the British Navy
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  • Richard A. Gabriel

  • Richard A. Gabriel, professor of politics at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., served twenty-two years as an active intelligence officer, much of it spent at the Directorate of Foreign Intelligence in the Pentagon.  A consultant to the House and Senate Armed Services Committees, he is the author of numerous books on military subjects, including Operation Peace for Galilee and Crisis in Command (with Paul Savage).
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    Why the American Military Doesn't Win

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