The most up-to-date reference book of its kind, written by two key players in the field of military reform. Korb and Wheeler examine the arms procurement procedures and the politics and individuals that shaped the procurment reform process.
This volume will help the reader understand fundamental strengths and weaknesses in America's military forces, thereby leading to a comprehension of what genuine military reform is, and is not, and what remains to be done. Ideas will be presented to compare genuine reform to cosmetic dabbling, which fundamentally improves nothing and which sometimes arrives as ill-conceived fads that promise only to burden US combat forces to the point of mental and physical immobility. The work will trace the history of various attempts to impose military reform on American armed forces, especially from Congress, starting during the American Revolution and Continental Congress up through the present day. Particular focus will be placed on the effort of a small group in Congress and the Pentagon in the 1980s (who coined the term military reform in the modern context). Emphasis will be on the reforms these actors advocated, variously successful and unsuccessful, to fundamentally alter how the Department of Defense designs and buys hardware and how our armed forces fight. The book will use Operations Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom (and the subsequent insurgency in Iraq) to demonstrate what has been reformed in US armed forces and the Department of Defense, and what has not.
Reviews "This work is suitable for large academic and public libraries, and for collections supporting military science and national security studies....Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates and above."—Choice
"Wheeler....and Korb....explain the strengths and weaknesses of America's military forces, shedding light on what genuine military reform is and is not, and what remains to be done."—Parameters
"[T]he folks at Praeger Security International continue their mission of providing readers with insight and understanding of how America's military functions in an era of global uncertainty. Military Reform: A Reference Handbook is authored by Winslow T. Wheeler and Lawrence J. Korb and details the history of attemps at reforming America's armed forces. These two eminent authors examine the critical issues associated with military reform in an effort to distinguish them from cosmetic dabbling."—SciTech Book News
"A straightforward guide to understanding fundamental strengths and weaknesses in America's military forces.... A serious-minded, number-crunching, cost-conscious analysis heavily grounded in scientific-minded obeservation and practical experience, highly recommended for military history and studies shelves, and a must-read for anyone involved in overseeing military operations or structure."—Midwest Book Review