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Wednesday, January 21, 2009
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Friday, January 9, 2009
This is starting to sound like a webliography, so now I'll list a few CAC and CGSC blogs not mentioned in my 2 January 2009 Military Blogging post.
CGSC History Department Blog - provides a forum in which CGSC Students, the Army at large, academia, and the general public can engage with the DMH faculty in a dialogue that will help all involved develop a better understanding of military history. My thoughts -I like this blog's variety of historical topics and hope it continues to grow.
Military Review - Military Review provides a forum for the open exchange of ideas about military matters of importance to the U.S. Army with a focus on the concepts, doctrine, and warfighting at the tactical and operational levels of war. My thoughts - not a lot of content but their posts revolve around the publication of new issues of "Military Review".
Reflections From Dr Jack - Dr. Jack is a Supervisory Professor in the Department of Joint, Interagency, and Multinational Operations at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. My thoughts - Good content on a variety of topics.
CARL Book Beacon - Blog of the Combined Arms Research Library (CARL). Provides info on books, resources, and general info about the CARL. We hope to expand in the areas of content, quality of posts, and variety of topics covered. My thoughts - Totally Awesome! Give that dude a raise.
Enjoy! My thoughts in this blog are my personal opinions and not endorsed by the management of the Combined Arms Research Library, the US Army Command and General Staff College, or the Department of the Army.
Dr James H. Wilbanks' 2007 book The Tet Offensive: A Concise History is now available in paperback.
In the Tet Offensive of 1968, Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces launched a massive countrywide attack on South Vietnam. Though the Communists failed to achieve their tactical and operational objectives, James Willbanks claims Hanoi won a strategic victory. The offensive proved that America's progress was grossly overstated and caused many Americans and key presidential advisors to question the wisdom of prolonging combat.
Willbanks also maintains that the Communists laid siege to a Marine combat base two weeks prior to the Tet Offensive-known as the Battle of Khe Sanh—to distract the United States. It is his belief that these two events are intimately linked, and in his concise and compelling history, he presents an engaging portrait of the conflicts and singles out key problems of interpretation.
Willbanks divides his study into six sections, beginning with a historical overview of the events leading up to the offensive, the attack itself, and the consequent battles of Saigon, Hue, and Khe Sahn. He continues with a critical assessment of the main themes and issues surrounding the offensive, and concludes with excerpts from American and Vietnamese documents, maps and chronologies, an annotated list of resources, and a short encyclopedia of key people, places, and events.
An experienced military historian and scholar of the Vietnam War, Willbanks has written a unique critical reference and guide that enlarges the debate surrounding this important turning point in America's longest war.
Hard Copy Available at the CARL 2nd Floor Main Collection, CALL # 959.704342 W696to
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Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Kuehn examines the influence of the General Board of the U.S. Navy as an agent of innovation in the years between the world wars. A formal body established by the Secretary of the Navy, the General Board served as the organizational nexus for the interaction between fleet design and the naval limitations imposed on the Navy by treaty. Particularly important, Kuehn argues, was the Board's role in implementing the Washington Naval Treaty, which limited naval armaments after 1922. Kuehn explains that the leadership of the Navy at large and the General Board in particular felt themselves especially constrained by Article XIX of the Washington Naval Treaty, which implemented a status quo on naval fortifications in the western Pacific. Yet despite these limitations, the author reminds us, this so-called "treaty fleet" managed to fight the Japanese to a standstill in 1942.
John T. Kuehn is a former naval aviator who retired as a commander from the U.S. Navy in 2004. He holds a PhD in military history from Kansas State University and teaches at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, KS.
Monday, January 5, 2009
The event is scheduled for Wednesday, January 14, 2009 @ 6:30 pm.
Location: Kansas City Public Library Plaza Branch, 4801 Main Street, Kansas City, MO.
For more information, check out the KCPL's website @ http://www.kclibrary.org/event/michael-elliott-custerology
Custerology is available for checkout from the CARL: CARL 2nd Floor Call Number 973.82092 C987e
Friday, January 2, 2009
SO, where do military blogs fit in to the information landscape? I generally stick to my SEC football blogs, so I don't know.
One thing I do know, you can check out the blogs yourself. Here's a few CAC and CGSC blogs on the net: Combined Arms Center Blogs
Check out the poster on the left advertising this new media format. OK, the poster's lame, but the Playaways are kind of cool.
The CARL currently has 56 Playaway audiobooks available for checkout! CLICK HERE to see what Playaway books we have at the CARL
U.S. national security strategy has changed since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001; the Army must adapt to these changes to meet current and future strategic requirements. This documented briefing describes the results of a study that examined U.S. national-level strategic documents and Department of Defense and Army strategic plans and initiatives to identify issues affecting the Army's infrastructure needs. The authors then reviewed DoD and Army installation plans to determine how well these strategic issues are currently being addressed. Where gaps exist, Pint et al. identify areas that should be included in strategic planning activities. These areas include deployment infrastructure; training capacity needed to support restationing, joint training, and the introduction of new technology; hedging against long-term risk and uncertainty; using public/private and Army/community partnerships to increase investment in family and community services; sustainability of land use; and innovative approaches to relieve environmental pressures on Army installations. Finally, the authors discuss the types of data that would be needed for more in-depth infrastructure analysis, whether these data are currently available, and how they might be collected.
Available online at: http://www.rand.org/pubs/documented_briefings/DB547/
Hard Copy at the CARL: CARL 2nd Floor, Main Collection, Call # 355.033573 E59 2008