Waging Modern War: Bosnia, Kosovo, and the Future of Combat

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TWO
CRISIS MANAGEMENT

BY PENTAGON STANDARDS, it was an impressive "E-ring" office: two full windows, a meeting area with overstuffed furniture, a conference table, multiple telephones, and a full colonel to "guard the door." The E-ring was the outer ring, where offices could have windows and actually have views of the outside. In April 1994, reporting in to my new position as the J-5, the Director for Strategic Plans and Policies on the Joint Staff, I realized that I had arrived at the highest levels of the U.S. Armed Forces.

The J-5, is the senior staff officer responsible to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for worldwide political military policies and strategy. I was "armed" with several briefing books each day. Over 200 staff professionals, mostly senior lieutenant colonels and colonels from all the branches of the Armed Forces, assisted me. Daily packages of messages and intelligence from around the world were delivered periodically. I often accompanied the Chairman to key White House meetings. My assistants and I routinely went across the Potomac to represent the military at lower level meetings in the State Department and White House.

The Joint Staff is one of those mysterious organizations that none

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Waging Modern War *
  • Contents *
  • Cast of Characters *
  • List of Abbreviations *
  • Introduction *
  • Part I - Into the Balkans *
  • One - The Cold War Is over *
  • Two - Crisis Management *
  • Three - To Dayton and Back *
  • Part II - The Road to War *
  • Four - Wearing Two Hats *
  • Five Carrots and Sticks *
  • Six - Diplomacy Backed by Threat *
  • Seven - The Three-Ring Circus *
  • Part III - The Air Campaign *
  • Eight Battle Rhythm *
  • Nine - Apaches and Targets *
  • Ten - The Strategic Battlefield *
  • Eleven - The Ground Option *
  • Twelve - Resistance and Persistence *
  • Part IV - Endgame *
  • Thirteen - Holding Steady *
  • Fourteen - Diplomacy Backed by Force *
  • Fifteen - Pristina Airfield *
  • Sixteen - The Good Fight *
  • Conclusion *
  • Acknowledgments *
  • Index *
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