Shooting Blanks: War Making That Doesn't Work

James F. Dunnigan, Author, Albert A. Nofi, With Mradult $25 (513p) ISBN 978-0-688-08947-4
In their survey of misapplied military power in the modern era, the authors identify five ``basic bad habits'' that contribute most significantly to foul-ups in war: preparing for the wrong conflict; procuring flawed weaponry; the misuse of military intelligence; the media's misleading not only the citizenry but political and military leaders; and sheer ineptitude. The bulk of the volume consists of vivid examples, from the early campaigns of WW I to Iraq's recent invasion of Kuwait. Dunnigan and Nofi ( Dirty Little Secrets ) offer straight talk in short bursts on topics ranging from common misconceptions (e.g., cost overruns in defense are greater than in other government contracts) to the amazingly persistent ``Pearl Harbor syndrome'' (land a devastating blow and the enemy will roll over and sue for peace). (July)
Reviewed on: 07/01/1991
Release date: 07/01/1991
Paperback - 978-0-688-14066-3
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