Command : The Twenty-First-Century General Hardback
In the wake of the troubled campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq, military decision-making appears to be in crisis and generals have been subjected to intense and sustained public criticism.
Taking these interventions as a starting point, Anthony King examines the transformation of military command in the twenty-first century.
Focusing on the army division, King argues that a phenomenon of collective command is developing.
In the twentieth century, generals typically directed and led operations personally, monopolising decision-making.
They commanded individualistically, even heroically.
As operations have expanded in range and scope, decision-making has multiplied and diversified.
As a result command is becoming increasingly professionalised and collaborative.
Through interviews with many leading generals and vivid ethnographic analysis of divisional headquarters, this book provides a unique insight into the transformation of command in western armies.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 504 pages, Worked examples or Exercises; 9 Line drawings, black and white
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Publication Date: 31/01/2019
- Category: European history
- ISBN: 9781108476409