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Blacks in the American Armed Forces, 1776-1983: A Bibliography (Bibliographies and Indexes in Afro-American and African Studies) (Hardcover), by Lenwood G. Davis (Compiler), George Hill (Compiler), Greenwood Press (March 27, 1985). Information

Future Ground Commanders' Close Support Needs and Desirable System Characteristics (Hardcover), by National Defense Research Institute (U. S.) (Author), United States Department of Defense Office of the Secretary of Defense (Corporate Author), Bruce W. Don (Editor), RAND Corporation.     (June 2002).
To explore new questions about the demand for and capabilities of close support, the authors applied varying types and levels of support to a series of combat scenarios. The results suggest that close support does not always help--but can be crucial. Timing may be less important than matching weapons, including damage patterns and terminal guidance systems, to targets, and using advanced systems to identify targets may afford greater impact. Information

Life in the U.S. Armed Forces: Not Just Another Job (Hardcover), by Anni Baker, Praeger Security International General Interest-Cloth; 1 edition (December 30, 2007).
Anni Baker has created a fascinating exploration of life in the armed forces, as it has been experienced by millions of men, women, and children over the past six decades. Her book examines the factors that shape military service and military culture, from grueling training exercises to sexual relations with local women, from overseas duty to the peculiar life of the military "brat." The book begins with an examination of the enlistment process, follows the military lifecycle through career decisions, promotions, raising families, and retirement, explores the impact of war on military society, and ends with a discussion of the place of the armed forces in the United States. A wide variety of sources were used in this study, including contemporary scholarship, government and military records, public media, and, most important, interviews and written materials from military personnel, retirees, family members, and civilian employees. Using a lively and readable style, Baker blends clear explanations of elements of military life, information on the development of military society, and the voices of those who serve into an insightful account of this fascinating subculture. It is the author's view that not only is study of the U.S. military a valuable undertaking in itself, but in addition it will enrich our perspective on civilian life and culture in the United States. The military is a distinct society based on a set of common values that are sometimes, though not always, at odds with those of civilian society. The extent to which active duty personnel, family members and civilians internalize these values dictates their comfort with military life and their choice of a military career. Through a discussion of life in the military, Baker examines how the values, traditions and norms of the armed forces are articulated and shared, how they influence the individual and the institution, and what their role is in American society as a whole. Information

Military Applications of Modeling: Selected Case Studies (Electrocomponent Science Monographs) (Hardcover), by F. P. Hoeber, Routledge; 1 edition (January 1, 1981).   Information

The Political Use Of Military Force In US Foreign Policy (Hardcover), by James David Meernik, Ashgate Publishing (September 2004).
From the Quasi War with France and the opening of Japan, to the numerous interventions of the 1990s, these events have been situated at the heart of US foreign policy. There are four different explanations as to why the US, throughout its history, has used military force just short of war. Some scholars have suggested that nations use military force on behalf of security objectives. Others have maintained that economic self-interest has motivated many military interventions. Recently many researchers have explored the extent to which the US has used force to promote democracy and human rights, and still more scholars have argued that presidents use limited force for domestic political purposes.
Assessing the utility of each of these explanations throughout US history, Meernik employs both historical narrative and statistical techniques to provide a comprehensive account of these important foreign policy events. This engaging, highly informative volume is particularly suited to scholars and students in the fields of international relations, foreign policy, military affairs and history.  Information

The US Military Profession into the 21st Century: War, Peace and Politics (Cass Military Studies Series) (Paperback), by Sam Sarkesian and Robert Connor, Routledge; 1 edition (May 1, 2006).
While many of the issues facing the military profession examined in the first edition remain, the "new war" and international terrorism have compounded the challenges. The US military must respond to the changed domestic and strategic landscapes without diminishing its primary functional function that now many see that goes beyond success on the battlefield. Not only has this complicated the problem of reconciling the military professional ethos and raison d’etre with civilian control in a democracy, it challenges traditional military professionalism. This book also studies the notion of a US military stretched thin and relying more heavily on the US Federal Reserves and National Guard. These developments make the US military profession increasingly linked to public attitudes and political perspectives.
In sum, the challenge faced by the US military profession can be termed a dual dilemma. It must respond effectively to the twenty-first century strategic landscape while undergoing the revolution in military affairs and transformation. At the same time, the military profession must insure that it remains compatible with civilian cultures and the US political-social system without eroding its primary function.
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