The Resource Military readiness : concepts, choices, consequences, Richard K. Betts

Military readiness : concepts, choices, consequences, Richard K. Betts

Label
Military readiness : concepts, choices, consequences
Title
Military readiness
Title remainder
concepts, choices, consequences
Statement of responsibility
Richard K. Betts
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • In this book, strategy expert Richard K. Betts surveys problems in developing and measuring combat readiness before, during, and after the cold war. He analyzes why attempts to maximize it often have counterproductive effects, and how confusions in technical concepts cause political controversy
  • The book explores conflicts between two objectives that are both vital but work against each other because they compete for resources: operational readiness to fight immediately, and structural readiness - the number of organized units that increase military power, but require time during a crisis to gear up for combat. Betts also discusses the problem brought on by the cold war and plunging defense budgets: mobilization readiness - the plans and arrangements needed to shorten the time for recreating a large military if it once again becomes necessary. Betts offers new ideas for understanding the dilemmas and tradeoffs that underlie debates on how readiness should be maintained in peacetime, and he explores the strategic consequences of different choices
Dewey number
355/.0332
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
UA10
LC item number
.B48 1995
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Military readiness : concepts, choices, consequences, Richard K. Betts
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 255-315) and index
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Contents
Pt. 1. Understanding Readiness. 1. The Warrant for Readiness: Blood, Treasure, and Time. 2. Readiness as a Stairway: The Linear Image. 3. Readiness as a Wave: The Cyclical Image -- Pt. 2. The Cold War. 4. Muddled Measurement: Lies, Damn Lies, and Readiness Statistics. 5. Readiness as a Political Football: Proclaiming Priorities and Evading Choices. 6. U.S. and Soviet Readiness: A Comparison -- Pt. 3. After the Cold War. 7. Readiness and Strategy after the Cold War. 8. Between Two Traditions: Mobilization Readiness -- Appendix: Linear and Cyclical Images
Control code
000011328485
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 322 p.
Isbn
9780815709060
Lccn
94044266
Other physical details
ill.
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.b17134146
System control number
  • rmr7307885
  • (OCoLC)31606854

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