The Limits of Transformation: Officer Attitudes Toward the Revolution in Military Affairs: Naval War College Newport Papers 17 Thomas G. Mahnken

ISBN: 9781478398516

Published: August 9th 2012

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142 pages


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The Limits of Transformation: Officer Attitudes Toward the Revolution in Military Affairs: Naval War College Newport Papers 17  by  Thomas G. Mahnken

The Limits of Transformation: Officer Attitudes Toward the Revolution in Military Affairs: Naval War College Newport Papers 17 by Thomas G. Mahnken
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In the shadow of the recent Iraq war, it is easy to accept that growth and diffusion of stealth, precision, and information technology has truly heralded the long-awaited revolution in military affairs. American leaders-from the President to theMoreIn the shadow of the recent Iraq war, it is easy to accept that growth and diffusion of stealth, precision, and information technology has truly heralded the long-awaited revolution in military affairs.

American leaders-from the President to the Pentagon military and civilian leadership-have called for dramatic transformation of each of the services to fit this revolution. In many ways, this is a far harder task. It is the purpose of this Newport Paper to examine the views of military officers on that prospect, a critical and unstudied factor in the implementation of transformation.

Its coauthors, Professors Mahnken and FitzSimonds, are members of the Naval War College faculty-Dr. Mahnken in the Strategy and Policy Department and Captain FitzSimonds (U.S. Navy, Retired) in the War Gaming Departments Research and Analysis Division. The authors argue that the opinions of military officers on transformation are crucial, and not just because these attitudes guide the transformation process. They are critical also because receptivity to change in this group will affect innovation, both now and when todays mid-grade officers assume senior leadership posts. It is from some, but not all, of todays military officers that further transformation impulses will come.

Accordingly, Mahnken and FitzSimonds explore a number of questions fundamental in the present and for the future of the American military establishment. What is the level of enthusiasm among officers for transformation? How compelling do they perceive the need for transformation to be? How extensive a change do they believe is necessary? How confident are they in the ability of the U.S. military to carry out transformation? We believe that this study is in itself as innovative as the military transformation that forms its broad subject, and we are pleased to bring it to the attention of a broad range of naval, academic, and policy readers.



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