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The Masks of War: American Military Styles in Strategy and Analysis
Why was the Navy ready to clear the skies over the Persian Gulf, yet surprised by the mines laid under it? Why is it that the Army is always prepared for war in Europe, but was caught off guard in Korea and Vietnam? And why is the Air Force indifferent to "Star Wars"?
In The Masks of War Carl H. Builder asks what motives lie behind the puzzling and often contradictory...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published February 1st 1989 by Johns Hopkins University Press
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There are some very good aspects of and some very bad aspects of Carl Builder's The Masks of War: American Military Styles in Strategy and Analysis. For one, I do concur with the author's argument that the services do in fact have an inherent identity. To suggest otherwise is to convince oneself of a doe-eyed naivete that does not belong in military service. And although, at points, the author is loathe to explain too much in detail with regards to such, the inherent identity of the services ...more