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Many saw the United States' decisive victory in Desert Storm (1991) as not only vindication of American defense policy since Vietnam but also confirmation of a revolution in military affairs (RMA). Just as information-age technologies were revolutionizing civilian life, the Gulf War appeared to reflect similarly profound changes in warfare. A debate has raged ever since about a contemporary RMA and its implications for American defense policy. Addressing these issues, The Iraq Wars and America's Military Revolution is a comprehensive study of the Iraq Wars in the context of the RMA debate. Focusing on the creation of a reconnaissance-strike complex and conceptions of parallel or nonlinear warfare, Keith L. Shimko finds a persuasive case for a contemporary RMA while recognizing its limitations as well as promise.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521111515
Number of pages: 262
Weight: 480 g
Dimensions: 236 x 160 x 23 mm


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'Did Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom herald a transformation in warfare? In a clearly written examination of these two wars, Shimko's answer is yes. His book advances the debate over the existence and scope of the revolution in military affairs (RMA) by giving defense planners and scholars a framework to judge the evidence themselves. Shimko outlines the key features of the revolution, speculating on what they mean for the low-intensity conflicts of today and how they might shape the high-intensity conflicts of the future. Advocates as well as skeptics of a transformation in warfare will find The Iraq Wars and America's Military Revolution valuable because it is the most coherent statement to date in support of the RMA.' Jasen J. Castillo, Texas A&M University
'In The Iraq Wars and America's Military Revolution, Keith Shimko offers an informed and fair assessment of the rich yet often disputatious range of views on the evolution and combat use of American military power since Vietnam. In considering the hard investment choices now facing the nation's defense leaders, he has well spotlighted both the merits and the manifest exaggerations on all sides of the debate over the relative strengths and inadequacies of America's transformed warfighting posture from the Persian Gulf War of 1991 to today's very different counterinsurgency wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.' Benjamin Lambeth, RAND Corporation
'Keith L. Shimko has written a clear and carefully nuanced work on the emergence of the American revolution in military affairs. It should be read by all interested in current defense issues.' Williamson Murray, Ohio State University
"Did Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom herald a transformation in warfare? In a clearly written examination of these two wars, Shimko's answer is yes. His book advances the debate over the existence and scope of the revolution in military affairs (RMA) by giving defense planners and scholars a framework to judge the evidence themselves. Shimko outlines the key features of the revolution, speculating on what they mean for the low-intensity conflicts of today and how they might shape the high-intensity conflicts of the future. Advocates as well as skeptics of a transformation in warfare will find The Iraq Wars and America's Military Revolution valuable because it is the most coherent statement to date in support of the RMA." - Jasen J. Castillo, Texas A&M University
"In The Iraq Wars and America's Military Revolution, Keith Shimko offers an informed and fair assessment of the rich yet often disputatious range of views on the evolution and combat use of American military power since Vietnam. In considering the hard investment choices now facing the nation's defense leaders, he has well spotlighted both the merits and the manifest exaggerations on all sides of the debate over the relative strengths and inadequacies of America's transformed warfighting posture from the Persian Gulf War of 1991 to today's very different counterinsurgency wars in Iraq and Afghanistan." - Benjamin Lambeth, RAND Corporation
"Keith L. Shimko has written a clear and carefully nuanced work on the emergence of the American revolution in military affairs. It should be read by all interested in current defense issues." - Williamson Murray, Professor Emeritus, The Ohio State University
"This is a most useful volume. So many other works on recent US wars treat them as discrete entities, but Shimko (Purdue Univ.) puts the Vietnam, Gulf, Iraq, and Afghanistan wars on a temporal and geographic continuum, using the concept of a revolution in military affairs (RMA) as a unifying device. At the same time, he provides separate analyses of Iraq I and II and Afghanistan I (conventional warfare phases) and Iraq III and Afghanistan II (counterinsurgency warfare phases) with considerable effect. The result is a lucid portrait of what an RMA is and is not. Shimko believes the American RMA (in terms of precision-guided munitions and computer, informational, and digital advances) rightly belongs with the RMAs of the French Revolution, Napoleon in the 1800s, and the German blitzkrieg of the 1930s as seminal changes in the way wars are fought." - C. Potholm II, Bowdoin College, Choice
"Have information technologies and precision weaponry transformed the nature of warfare? Were the rapid, decisive victories by the United States in the 1991 Gulf War and the opening weeks of the 2003 Iraq War signs of an impending Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA)? These are just some of the questions that Keith Shimko addresses in his impressive and well-written new book, The Iraq Wars and America's Military Revolution." -Paul K. MacDonald, Wellesley College, H-Diplo/ISSF Roundtable Reviews

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