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Command : the twenty-first-century general
Éditeur Cambridge University press
Année 2019
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Command : the twenty-first-century general
1 vol. (XX-484 p.) : photogr. ; 23 cm
Bibliogr. p. [461]-478. Index
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Command : the 21st-century general
Classification Dewey
355.330 41
Command in the twenty-first century ; The division ; Defining command ; Twentieth-century operations ; Twentieth-century commander ; Leadership ; The counter-insurgents ; Kandahar ; The march up ; The new headquarters ; Distributing command ; The decision point ; The crisis ; The command collective
La 4e de couv. indique : ""In the wake of the troubled campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq, military decision-making appears to be in crisis and generals have been subjected to intense and sustained public criticism. Taking these interventions as a starting point, Anthony King examines the transformation of military command in the twenty-first century. Focusing on the army division, King argues that a phenomenon of collective command is developing. In the twentieth century, generals typically directed and led operations personally, monopolising decision-making. They commanded individualistically, even heroically. As operations have expanded in range and scope, decision-making has multiplied and diversified. As a result command is becoming increasingly professionalised and collaborative. Through interviews with many leading generals and vivid ethnographic analysis of divisional headquarters, this book provides a unique insight into the transformation of command in western armies."
Présentation de l'éditeur : "It would be convenient to claim that a book on command exemplified its own subject matter and that this work executed a clear, coherent research plan with military precision. The reality was quite different. Having completed The Combat Soldier in 2012 (to be published the following year), I fully intended to return to the topic of warfare and the armed forces but only after I had completed a long contemplated project on social theory and on the question of social change, in particular."
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