The Hollow Army: How the U.S. Army Is Oversold and Undermanned

By William Darryl Henderson; Charles Moskos | Go to book overview

It is suggested that the U.S. Army has begun to display characteristics of an overcentralized, top-heavy, comfortable bureaucracy with tremendous inertia and with little ability to conduct the critical self- examination necessary to address its growing list of organizational deficiencies. These factors, as discussed in succeeding chapters, have an enormous impact on Army warfighting capabilities and therefore on U.S. ability to successfully execute military strategies requiring conventional capabilities.


NOTES
1.
Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Army briefing to participants at the annual Soldier Performance Research and Analysis Review II, May 28, 1987. Figure 2.1.
2.
General David C. Jones, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, cited in Edward Luttwak, The Pentagon and the Art of War ( New York: Simon and Schuster, 1985), 266.
3.
Brent Scowcroft, cited by Rudy Abramson, "Eliminating Ballistic Missiles Dangerous," Los Angeles Times, December 6, 1986, 6.
4.
Jeffery Record, Armed Forces Journal ( October 1987): 76.
5.
General John R. Galvin, Supreme Commander Allied Forces, Europe, cited by Henry Vanloon, Armed Forces Journal ( March 1988): 50.
6.
Admiral William J. Crowe, Jr., Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, cited by David Wood, "Kremlin Stealthily Amasses Strike Force in Europe," Newark Star- Ledger, December 8, 1987,44.
7.
William Matthews, "U.S. Seen Poorly Equipped for Low-Intensity Wars," Army Times, December 8, 1986, 12.
8.
John Herrly, "Midweight Force Needed Now More than Ever," Army Times, May 15, 1989, 23.
9.
Matthews, "U.S. Seen Poorly Equipped,"12.
10.
Klaus Knorr and Patrick Morgan, eds., Strategic Military Surprise ( New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Publishers, 1982). 247-65.
11.
Report of the Commission on Integrated Long-Term Strategy, "Discriminate Deterrence" ( Washington, D.C.: GPO, January 1988).
12.
George C. Wilson, "Army Faces Deep Personnel Cuts to Pay for Arms," Washington Post, February 11, 1988,4.
13.
Report of the Secretary of Defense to Congress on the Fiscal Year 1988- 1989 Budget and Fiscal Year 1989-1992 Defense Programs ( Washington, D.C.: Department of Defense, January 12, 1987), 65-66.
14.
Cited in William Darryl Henderson, Cohesion: The Human Element in Combat ( Washington, D.C.: National Defense University Press, 1985), 17.
15.
William Perry, cited by Len Famiglietti, "NATO Leaves Technology in Laboratory," Jane's Defense Weekly, November 28, 1987, 1245.
16.
Martin Binkin, Military Technology and Defense Manpower ( Washington, D.C.: The Brookings Institution, 1986), 68.

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Table of contents

  • Recent Titles in Contributions in Military Studies ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Figures and Tables ix
  • Foreword xi
  • Ppreface xv
  • 1 - Introduction: Selling a Mythical Army 1
  • Notes 9
  • 2 - The Army Mission: A Mismatch for Today's Army 11
  • Notes 18
  • 3 - Army Manpower: An Issue with No Constituency 19
  • Notes 45
  • 4 - Training on a Treadmill 49
  • Notes 74
  • 5 - Personnel Turbulence 77
  • Notes 89
  • 6 - Small-Unit Leaders Should Be War Winners 91
  • Notes 104
  • 7 - Why Can't the American Army Create Cohesive Units? 107
  • Notes 125
  • 8 - The Broken Backbone 127
  • Notes 143
  • 9 - It's Broke and Needs to Be Fixed 145
  • Notes 154
  • Bibliography 155
  • Index 161
  • About the Author 165
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