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The Cold War marked a new era for America's military, one dominated by nuclear weapons and air power that seemed to diminish the need for conventional forces. Ingo Trauschweizer chronicles the U.S. Army's struggles with its identity, structure, and mission in the face of those challenges, showing how it evolved, redefined its mission more than once, and ultimately transformed itself.

Trauschweizer describes how, beginning in the 1950s, the army faced an unprecedented problem: how to maintain a combat-ready fighting force that could operate on both conventional and nuclear battlefields. Faced with shifting threats to national security, budgetary battles, and unstable political developments around the globe, the army also had to keep abreast of new weaponry while navigating changes in its own top brass and the presidency.

Trauschweizer particularly considers the army's organizational and doctrinal response to problems posed by deterrence in Europe, focusing on the evolving role of the Seventh Army in West Germany-the largest and best-prepared field army the U.S. had ever deployed in peacetime. He explores the roles of Generals Matthew Ridgway, Maxwell Taylor, and others, as well as the use role of tactical nuclear weapons, as he traces the army's transformation through the New Look policy, pentomic reorganization, and the adoption of the ROAD concept.

Ultimately, Trauschweizer contends, the army found it impossible to prepare for limited war in the Third World while pursuing its primary mission of deterrence in Europe. His revisionist argument about the army's objectives in the 1960s and early 1970s places the Vietnam War in the context of the wider Cold War, offering new lines of inquiry into both. He also shows how, after the debacle of Vietnam, the army's sense of mission, technological evolution, organizational structure, and operational doctrine matured to produce the AirLand Battle doctrine of 1982, the cornerstone of our defense of Europe until the Cold War finally ended.

The U.S. Army's evolution during the 1950s and its role in Europe throughout the Cold War have remained two of the most neglected subjects in American military history. By covering the interaction of strategy, organization, doctrine, and technology in the army during this era—as well as the relationship between army doctrine and U.S./NATO defense strategy—The Cold War U.S. Army marks a major contribution to our understanding of both subjects.

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Focuses on the Seventh Army in West Germany—the largest and best-prepared field army ever deployed by the U.S. in peacetime—to show how the U.S. army redefined its identity, structure, and mission in order to avoid obsolescence during the Cold War era of nuclear weapons and air power.

Table of Contents

Preface

List of Abbreviations

Maps

Introduction

1. The U.S. Army in National and Alliance Strategy

2. Atomic Weapons and Limited War

3. The Pentomic Army in Germany

4. The ROAD Army and Flexible Response

5. The ROAD Army in Germany and Vietnam

6. The Cold War Army

Conclusion

Appendixes

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780700615780
Author:
Trauschweizer, Ingo
Publisher:
University Press of Kansas
Subject:
Military - United States
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States History.
Subject:
Cold war
Subject:
Military-US Military General
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Modern War Studies
Publication Date:
20080631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9.14x6.35x1.20 in. 1.59 lbs.

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