America's Defense Meltdown: Pentagon Reform for President by Winslow T. Wheeler

By Winslow T. Wheeler

The eleven chapters awarded the following by means of Wheeler (Center for cover details) represent a large critique of present US army regulations and associations that issues to decades-long difficulties that the authors think are corroding US army and political energy

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Like an effective combined-arms team, the authors of the following essays represent all branches of the military services, as well as Department of the Defense, its acquisition community and Congress. Some of the authors are retired service members, while others are government civilians. Their motivation is simple. They are patriotic individuals who believe America will lose its next war unless their ideas are adopted by a national security establishment badly in need of change. S. html 2 For a further discussion of the issue of generals giving poor advice to politicians see Lawrence J.

17 Surely, the problems the AEF experienced would have been fixed in time for the next war. There had been 20 years of peace during which reforms could have been undertaken. S. Army’s mobilization for World War II was almost leisurely. It really began just after Germany invaded Poland in 1939 (the Roosevelt administration expected the United States to enter the war sooner or later). Congress had been ramping up the military budget for some years before that. By the time of the Pearl Harbor attack the process was well along, the National Guard having already been called up, the regular Army considerably expanded and a peacetime draft instituted.

If national governments cannot command loyalty, what chance has an international government? A world government 14 • Introduction & Historic Overview: The Overburden of America’s Outdated Defenses would be a vast freedom-destroying imperial super state run by largely unelected officials and unaccountable bureaucrats. These ruling elites would see it as a vast tax-subsidized ego trip (not unlike the European Union bureaucrats do), in which the popular will would never be allowed to override the wisdom of their benevolent rulers.

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