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Military Incompetence: Why the American Military Doesn't Win
Military Incompetence: Why the American Military Doesn't Win
By Richard A. Gabriel
Hill and Wang, 1985, 207 pp

Military reform, as called for in the Hart and Lind book reviewed above, would not be the issue that it is were it not for the frequently heard charge that the U.S. armed forces are often found wanting in the test of battle, not because of lack of bravery but because of disorganization and deficient competence. This book, by a former army intelligence officer, examines in depth five case studies including Grenada, Beirut in 1983, and the raid on the POW camp in North Vietnam in 1970. The analysis is credible and damning. The American officer has become more of a military bureaucrat than a combat leader. The solution, Gabriel suggests, lies in changing the structure and the value system of the military profession-no easy task! This should be a valuable book even to the many who will not accept the validity of the whole argument.