Academic journal article Military Review

Lifting the Fog of War

Academic journal article Military Review

Lifting the Fog of War

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LIFTING THE FOG OF WAR, Admiral Bill Owens, with Ed Offley, The John Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD, 2001, 296 pages, $16.95.

In Lifting the Fog of War, Admiral Bill Owens, former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, states that few Americans, including few American policymakers, have personal experience with our all-volunteer military. When watching CNN news reports of America's easy military successes in the Persian Gulf, Kosovo, and Afghanistan, Americans might think that their military is sufficiently strong to dominate all conflicts for the foreseeable future. When defense budget discussions arise, they might ask, "If the military ain't broke, why spend all those billions to fix it?"

Owens shows that, while appearing formidable, America's military is, in fact, "running on empty." Because of force reductions, frequent deployments, and aging combat systems fast approaching obsolescence, America's military is in danger of imploding.

Owens offers a relatively inexpensive fix. By integrating advanced information technology into redesigned force structures and by developing innovative doctrine, tactics, and training to govern their employment, the military can conduct a revolution in the way America wages war. America could transform its military into a smaller, more flexible and lethal, and less expensive force. …

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