Command, Control, and the Common Defense

C. Kenneth Allard, Author, Carl K. Allard, Author Yale University Press $40 (317p) ISBN 978-0-300-04360-0
In broad and largely abstract terms, Allard defines the characteristics of the American military structure--its traditions, history and organization--as they affect the evolution of high-level command and control in the ``information age.'' He analyzes the conflicting pressures faced by the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines in modernizing command and control structures to accommodate electronic warfare, precision-guided munitions and combat intelligence. This sweeping study will interest defense specialists and informed students despite its lack of focus and think-tank/Pentagonese prose (``A general strategic paradigm must clearly be capable of unifying perspective of the operational environments''). The author, an Army lieutenant colonel, is a special assistant to the Army chief of staff. (June)
Reviewed on: 03/01/1990
Release date: 03/01/1990
Paperback - 332 pages - 978-0-300-05229-9
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