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The Modern American Military

David Kennedy


The advent of the all-volunteer force and the evolving nature of modern warfare have transformed our military, changing it in serious if subtle ways that few Americans are aware of. The book aims to shed new light on the changes effecting today's armed forces. The book takes an historical approach as it explores the ever-changing strategic, political, and fiscal contexts in which the armed forces are trained and deployed, and the constantly shifting objectives that they are tasked to achieve in the post-9/11 environment. It also offers strong points of view. One chapter, for instance, takes th ... More

Keywords: all-volunteer force, modern warfare, armed forces, post-9/11, political ownership, military operations, Iraq, Afghanistan

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199895946
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199895946.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Kennedy, editor
Stanford University, Professor of History

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