Lessons Not Learned: The U.S. Navy's Status Quo Culture by Roger Thompson

By Roger Thompson

Despite its attractiveness because the such a lot outstanding naval strength on this planet, the U.S. army is in difficulty, in response to the writer of this booklet, and systemic weaknesses will be its undoing. right here, army sociologist Roger Thompson presents a compelling, usually scathing, overview of the U.S. military and its studying disabilities after which offers a resounding argument for reform.

Thompson issues to the U.S. Navy's "up or out" merchandising approach, giant group of workers turnover, green crews, and drug and alcohol abuse as difficulties that make it tricky for the military to construct cohesive, well-trained scuffling with devices. In a assessment of the Navy's fresh heritage, he reveals that its ships, submarines, and airplane are usually outperformed in competitions and workouts with different navies—and its disasters are both denied altogether or perfunctorily excused. Diesel submarines—so quiet that they're not often detected until eventually it truly is too overdue to avoid an attack—routinely surpass dear U.S. nuclear subs and positioned U.S. plane companies at risk. American naval pilots, whose guns are frequently improperly confirmed, are usually bested through army pilots from different international locations. as the U.S. army does not have adequate floor ships to guard its capital ships, American provider strike teams now use Canadian ships as escorts. Shortcomings like those, Thompson argues, undermine the Navy's capability and may be reason for nationwide concern.

In featuring an aspect of the U.S. military that is not often mentioned, this booklet spells out classes the military needs to study whether it is going to achieve an period of asymmetrical warfare—of David-versus-Goliath conflicts. In his end, the writer places forth a twelve-step software that calls at the U.S. military to reconsider its naval approach, to lose a few weight, and to target the fundamentals.

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