With the termination of large-scale operations in Iraq and the winnowing of forces in Afghanistan, the United States military once again faces a significant drawdown in standing force structure and capabilities. The political and military debate currently raging around how best to affect this force reduction continues to lack a proper historical perspective. This volume aspires to inform this dialogue. Not a traditional military history, Drawdown analyzes cultural attitudes, political decisions, and institutions surrounding the maintenance of armed forces.
“Overall, the editor did a fine job of compiling the essays presented in this book. All are well-written, provide much to think about, and are supported by excellent documentation. This book should be read by all those interested in the management of the U.S. Army.”
—The Journal of America’s Military Past
"In Drawdown, the contributors explain how and why America, despite repeated lessons, failed to sustain ready military forces in sufficient scale to secure the nation. Jason Warren has pulled together well-researched and accessible essays that shed light and understanding on the cultural, political, strategic, and financial causes of unpreparedness. Breaking the cycle of unpreparedness in an era of increasing security risk requires historical understanding. Making the most out of the resources available to secure our nation and vital interests requires imaginative military and civilian leadership. Drawdown delivers the former and helps cultivate the latter."
—General H.R. McMaster, author of Dereliction of Duty
“Positioned to provoke thought on the present U.S. military force reductions. . . . Coming on the heels of the so-called conclusion of the United States’ wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, this work will, I hope, provoke serious thought, discussion, and a greater maturity in considering the current environment.”
—Ricardo Herrera, author of For Liberty and the Republic: The American Citizen as Soldier, 1775-1861
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