Academic journal article Parameters

On "Drawdown: The American Way of Postwar"

Academic journal article Parameters

On "Drawdown: The American Way of Postwar"

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This commentary responds to Brian McAllister Linn's book review on Drawdown: The American Way of Postwar published in the Winter 2016-17 issue of Parameters (vol. 46, no. 4). 

As an author of two chapters in the book, and a co-organizer of the US Army War College conference that generated this volume, I am uniquely positioned to respond to Brian Linn's recent review of Drawdown. This is especially true since his critique about the lack of policy guidance and implications in the text seemingly overlooked the stated purpose of the book--to contribute to the dialogue on American military "drawdowns." That dialogue "lacks a proper historical perspective." An historical baseline for drawing down forces and force structures is essential to making informed decisions of the kind Linn seeks.

Over the course of my nearly 50 years of government service, I have repeatedly encountered the lack of historical perspective in critical decisions, particularly during the periods between conflicts. Our authors provide some unique insights into America's history of drawdowns. Organized chronologically, the chapters establish both context and relevance over some 500 years that can inform specific policy prescriptions. This edited volume is no less coherent in its themes than any edited military history volume of similar scope. …

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