By Brian Fonseca, Eduardo A. Gamarra (eds.)
With contributions from best specialists, Culture and nationwide safeguard within the Americas examines the main influential old, geographic, cultural, political, financial, and army issues shaping nationwide defense guidelines through the Americas. during this quantity, members discover the actors and associations chargeable for perpetuating protection cultures through the years and the alterations and continuities in modern nationwide protection policies.
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Many Americans thought that they had learnt by bitter and frustrating experience in Korea how not to wage modern warfare, especially of a limited conventional kind. Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan, similarly have educated or mis-educated by the deed in the ﬁeld. Limited conventional war could not be, at least it was not, tailored successfully to the strategic needs of America’s mission in Vietnam, and the professional worth in the enduring basics of COIN rediscovered by an unmistakeably failing America in Iraq and Afghanistan in the late 2000s, were sufﬁcient neither to pacify abroad, nor to produce evidence of success adequate to sustain support at home.
A classic example of contrasting endeavours in defence planning is the case of RAF Fighter Command versus the Luftwaffe in the summer of 1940. 10 With regard to its internal integrity as a system of systems, RAF Fighter Command worked well, while its external integrity also was demonstrated by events to be ﬁt for strategic purpose. The contrast with the Luftwaffe is startling, notwithstanding the popular fallacy that the Battle of Britain was won only by a ‘narrow margin’. The margin was not narrow.
For example, there was a crucial sense in which the Soviet (Red) Army played the leading part in the team effort essential to the winning of the Second World War for Britain and America, as well as for its political masters at home in the USSR. Defence planning always has political context; its content cannot be appreciated soundly if political circumstances are neglected. Strategy and Defence Planning 27 The golden rule that advises the pursuit of defence planning goals deemed good enough to cope adequately with the uncertainties of politics and strategy is all very well as an airy generalization, but what should it mean in practice?