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The Culture of Military Organizations

The Culture of Military Organizations

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Peter R. Mansoor, Williamson Murray, Leonard Wong, Stephen J. Gerras, David Kilcullen, Wayne Wei-siang Hsieh, Mark Grimsley, Jorit Wintjes, Daniel Marston, Richard Hart Sinnreich, David Hunter-Chester, Reina Pennington, Gil-li Vardi, Kevin M. Woods, Corbin Williamson, John T. Kuehn, Allan R. Millett, David Stubbs, Robert Farley
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  • Publication planned for: November 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from November 2019
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108724487

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  • Culture has an enormous influence on military organizations and their success or failure in war. Cultural biases often result in unstated assumptions that have a deep impact on the making of strategy, operational planning, doctrinal creation, and the organization and training of armed forces. Except in unique circumstances culture grows slowly, embedding so deeply that members often act unconsciously according to its dictates. Of all the factors that are involved in military effectiveness, culture is perhaps the most important. Yet, it also remains the most difficult to describe and understand, because it entails so many external factors that impinge, warp, and distort its formation and continuities. The sixteen case studies in this volume examine the culture of armies, navies, and air forces from the Civil War to the Iraq War and how and why culture affected their performance in the ultimate arbitration of war.

    • Presents new perspectives on how culture influences the effectiveness of military organizations
    • Provides new insights as to why the US military, the most powerful in the world, failed to achieve its goals in Iraq and Afghanistan
    • Examines in a historical context how culture has affected military organizations from the Civil War to the present
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    • Publication planned for: November 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108724487
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 3 tables
    • availability: Not yet published - available from November 2019
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction Peter R. Mansoor and Williamson Murray
    Part I. Theoretical Frameworks:
    2. Culture and military organizations Leonard Wong and Stephen J. Gerras
    3. Strategic culture David Kilcullen
    Part II. Land Forces:
    4. Ulysses S. Grant and the culture of the Union Army of Tennessee Wayne Wei-siang Hsieh
    5. 'Playing a very bold game': the organizational culture of the Army of Northern Virginia, 1862–1865 Mark Grimsley
    6. German Army culture, 1871–1945 Jorit Wintjes
    7. The culture of the Indian Army, 1900–1947: an evolving identity Daniel Marston
    8. An army apart: the influence of culture on the Victorian British Army Richard Hart Sinnreich
    9. The culture of the British Army, 1914–1945 Williamson Murray
    10. Imperial Japanese Army culture, 1918–1945: duty heavier than a mountain, death lighter than a feather David Hunter-Chester
    11. Military culture, military efficiency, and the Red Army, 1917–1945 Reina Pennington
    12. An army like no other: the origins of the IDF's military culture Gil-li Vardi
    13. The weight of the shadow of the past: the organizational culture of the Iraqi Army, 1921–2003 Kevin M. Woods
    14. US Army culture, 1973–2017 Peter R. Mansoor
    Part III. Maritime Forces:
    15. The Royal Navy, 1900–1945: learning from disappointment Corbin Williamson
    16. US Navy cultural transformations, 1945–2017: the jury is still out John T. Kuehn
    17. The US Marine Corps, 1973–2017: cultural preservation in every place and clime Allan R. Millett
    Part IV. Air Forces:
    18. The culture of the Royal Air Force, 1918–1945 David Stubbs
    19. US Air Force culture, 1947–2017 Robert Farley
    20. Conclusion Peter R. Mansoor and Williamson Murray.

  • Editors

    Peter R. Mansoor, Ohio State University
    Peter R. Mansoor, Retired Colonel, US Army, is the General Raymond E. Mason, Jr Chair of Military History at The Ohio State University. He assumed this position after a twenty-six year career in the US Army that culminated in his service as the executive officer to General David Petraeus, commanding general of Multi-National Force-Iraq, during the surge of US forces in 2007 and 2008.

    Williamson Murray, Ohio State University
    Williamson Murray is a Professor Emeritus of history at the Ohio State University. His work over the past fifty years focuses primarily on grand strategy, operations, and airpower. He has published numerous highly acclaimed works, including The Change in the European Balance of Power, 1938–1939: The Path to Ruin (1984), Strategy for Defeat: The Luftwaffe (1986), German Military Effectiveness (1992), The Air War in the Persian Gulf (1995) and A War to Be Won: Fighting the Second World War, 1937–1945 (2000).

    Contributors

    Peter R. Mansoor, Williamson Murray, Leonard Wong, Stephen J. Gerras, David Kilcullen, Wayne Wei-siang Hsieh, Mark Grimsley, Jorit Wintjes, Daniel Marston, Richard Hart Sinnreich, David Hunter-Chester, Reina Pennington, Gil-li Vardi, Kevin M. Woods, Corbin Williamson, John T. Kuehn, Allan R. Millett, David Stubbs, Robert Farley

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