Victory On The Potomac: The Goldwater-nichols Act Unifies The Pentagon

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Texas A&M University Press, 2004. gada 14. maijs - 544 lappuses
War is waged not only on battlefields. In the mid-1980s a high-stakes political struggle to redesign the relationships among the president, secretary of defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and warfighting commanders in the field resulted in the Goldwater-Nichols Act of 1986. Author James R. Locher III played a key role in the congressional effort to repair a dysfunctional military whose interservice squabbling had cost American taxpayers billions of dollars and put the lives of thousands of servicemen and women at risk. Victory on this front helped make possible the military successes the United States has enjoyed since the passage of the bill and to prepare it for the challenges it must still face.Victory on the Potomac provides the first detailed history of how Congress unified the Pentagon and does so with the benefit of an insider's view. In a fast-paced account that reads like a novel, Locher follows the bill through congressional committee to final passage, making clear that the process is neither abstract nor automatic. His vivid descriptions bring to life the amazing cast of this real-life drama, from the straight-shooting chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Barry Goldwater, to the peevishly stubborn secretary of defense, Caspear Weinberger.Locher's analysis of political maneuvering and bureaucratic infighting will fascinate anyone who has an interest in how government works, and his understanding of the stakes in military reorganization will make clear why this legislative victory meant so much to American military capability. James R. Locher III, a graduate of West Point and Harvard Business School began his career in Washington as an executive trainee in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He has worked in the White House, the Pentagon, and the Senate. During the period covered by this book, he was a staff member for the Senate Committee on Armed Services. Since then, he has served as an assistant secretary of defense in the first Bush and the early Clinton administrations. Currently, he works as a consultant and lecturer on defense matters.
 

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Saturs

The Rise of Service Supremacists
15
Jones Breaks Ranks
33
The House Fires the First Shot
59
Texas Politics
82
Unfinished Business
94
Misfire in the Senate
113
Beirut
141
Scholars and Old Soldiers
164
Trench Warfare
299
Playing the Media Card
320
Gathering of Eagles
333
Expedition into Hostile Territory
346
Seizing the High Ground
357
Transition to the Offensive
374
The Packard Commission Reinforces
391
The Decisive Battle
399

Nichols Runs Towers Blockade
181
Crowe Makes Waves
195
Goldwater and Nunn Close Ranks
213
Weinberger Stonewalls
234
Naval Gunfire
252
McFarlane Outflanks the Pentagon
277
MoppingUp Operations
414
The Commander in Chief Approves
429
Unified at Last
437
Notes
451
Index
507
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James R. Locher III, a graduate of West Point and Harvard Business School began his career in Washington as an executive trainee in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He has worked in the White House, the Pentagon, and the Senate. During the period covered by this book, he was a staff member for the Senate Committee on Armed Services. Since then, he has served as an assistant secretary of defense in the first Bush and the early Clinton administrations. Currently, he works as a consultant and lecturer on defense matters.

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