Academic journal article Military Review

America's Army: A Model for Interagency Effectiveness

Academic journal article Military Review

America's Army: A Model for Interagency Effectiveness

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AMERICA'S ARMY: A Model for Interagency Effectiveness, Zeb B. Bradford and Frederic J. Brown, Praeger Security International, Westport, CT, 2008, 250 pages, $49.95.

The fundamental thesis of America 's Army is that the national defense of the United States is more than a military challenge; it is a challenge for the nation's entire apparatus of government. The title of this timely and relevant book gets right to the point: the Army provides an excellent example of the practices needed for what's now known as the "comprehensive approach"--a term coined in Field Manual (FM) 3-07, Stability Operations to address the need to bring together multiple partners comprised of diplomats, the military, nongovernmental organizations, multinational players, and the private sector.

Zeb B. Bradford and Frederic J. Brown provide an excellent complement to the principles of this emerging doctrine. Their long-term insights reflect their backgrounds as former general officers. They provide numerous practical examples of how the Army's model is useful for the interagency. One key solution is embodied in the concept called "Teams of Leaders." Members of these teams have a shared vision, trust, competence, and confidence. They rely on information technology that enables social networking, podcasting, and blogging. The Army set the foundation for these teaming behaviors in the post 9/11 period. …

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