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Author Thornhill, Paula G., author.

Title The crisis within : America's military and the struggle between the overseas and guardian paradigms / Paula G. Thornill.

Publication Info. Santa Monica, Calif. : RAND Corporation, [2016]


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Description 1 online resource (ix, 62 pages)
text txt rdacontent
computer c rdamedia
online resource cr rdacarrier
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Series Rand Corporation research report series ; RR-1420-AF
Research report (Rand Corporation) ; RR-1420-AF.
Note "April 27, 2016"--Table of contents page
Series from web site.
"RAND Project Air Force."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 55-62).
Contents Prologue: the Colonel's crisis -- Introduction -- Organized violence : the military's unique responsibility -- Thomas Kuhn on problems, paradigms, anomalies, and paradigm shifts -- The common defense and the continental paradigm -- The common defense and the overseas paradigm -- The Second World War validates the overseas paradigm -- The overseas paradigm : accounting for the Second World War's anomalies -- The overseas paradigm : accounting for additional anomalies, 1950-1975 -- The overseas paradigm : conflicting signals, 1975-2001 -- Inconsistencies in the overseas paradigm : the post-9/11 era -- Crisis and the overseas paradigm -- Rise of the guardian paradigm? -- Possible implications of a paradigm change -- Epilogue: the Colonel's retirement speech.
Summary "Today's U.S. military is full of perplexing questions and issues. Individually, each can be explained, but collectively the explanations seem too complicated. This complexity makes the military difficult to comprehend even to those in uniform. This report is an attempt to understand this complexity and to start a conversation about how to better understand America's 21st-century military. To do that, a return to first principles is necessary, starting with how the nation understands 'the common defense' and the role that organized violence plays in providing for it. The nation's understanding of both the common defense and organized violence has changed dramatically in the years since 2001. The diversification in the employment of violence produced a profound paradigm shift that Thomas Kuhn's seminal work, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, helps to identify and explain. America's senior civilian and military leaders must understand this shift in order to create the military the nation needs in the coming decades and to ensure that it is an institution the American people continue to trust"--Publisher's web site
Note Online resource; title from PDF title page (RAND, viewed April 29, 2016).
Subject Civil-military relations -- United States.
United States -- Military policy.
Relations pouvoir civil-pouvoir militaire -- États-Unis.
HISTORY -- Military -- Aviation.
Civil-military relations. (OCoLC)fst00862889
Military policy. (OCoLC)fst01021386
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Added Author Project Air Force (U.S.), issuing body.
Rand Corporation, publisher.
Added Title America's military and the struggle between the overseas and guardian paradigms
ISBN 9780833095244 (electronic bk.)
0833095242 (electronic bk.)
Standard No. AU@ 000061155927
GBVCP 1008666696

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