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Lifting the Fog of Peace

How Americans Learned to Fight Modern War
Janine Davidson

How military organizations trained for conventional war adapt—or fail to adapt—to nontraditional missions


Description

Lifting the Fog of Peace puts the U.S. military's frustrating experiences in Iraq into context and reveals how the military was able to turn the tide during the so-called surge in 2007–8.

"Lifting the Fog of Peace is a captivating study of an agile and adaptive military evolving through the chaos of the post-9/11 world. In what is certain to be regarded as the definitive analysis of the reshaping of American combat power in the face of a complex and uncertain future, Dr. Janine Davidson firmly establishes herself as a rising intellectual star in government and politics. A thoroughly captivating study of organizational learning and adaptation—a ‘must read' for leaders in every field."
—LTG William B. Caldwell IV, Commanding General, NATO Training Mission—Afghanistan

"In Lifting the Fog of Peace, Dr. Janine Davidson explains how the American military has adapted itself to succeed in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq that are the most likely future face of combat. The book is informed by her experience of these wars in the Department of Defense, where she now plays a critical role in continuing the process of learning that has so visibly marked the military's performance in today's wars. Highly recommended."
—John A. Nagl, President, Center for a New American Security

". . . a 'must read' on the E-Ring of the Pentagon and in security studies programs across the nation."
—Joseph J. Collins, Professor, National War College, and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Stability Operations

Janine Davidson is Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Plans. She has served as Director of the Department of Defense's Stability Operations Capabilities.

Blog: http://ricks.foreignpolicy.com/

Praise / Awards

  • "In Lifting the Fog of Peace, Dr. Janine Davidson explains how the American military has adapted itself to succeed in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq that are the most likely future face of combat. The book is informed by her experience of these wars in the Department of Defense, where she now plays a critical role in continuing the process of learning that has so visibly marked the military's performance in today's wars. Highly recommended."
    —John A. Nagl, President, Center for a New American Security

  • "Lifting the Fog of Peace is a captivating study of an agile and adaptive military evolving through the chaos of the post-9/11 world. In what is certain to be regarded as the definitive analysis of the reshaping of American combat power in the face of a complex and uncertain future, Dr. Janine Davidson firmly establishes herself as a rising intellectual star in government and politics. A thoroughly captivating study of organizational learning and adaptation—a 'must read' for leaders in every field."
    —LTG William B. Caldwell, IV, Commanding General, NATO Training Mission - Afghanistan

  • "Janine Davidson’s Lifting the Fog of Peace is a superb, concise, and well-written book that makes important contributions in three areas. It advances our knowledge of organizational learning in the Armed Forces. It also accurately captures the rich post-Vietnam operational and doctrinal history of the Army and the Marine Corps. The simplistic cartoon of dim-witted generals fixated on the Fulda Gap is replaced here by a more accurate version, where engaged senior officers studied the security environment, absorbed important lessons, and began to improve the learning capacity of the military services. Finally, Lifting the Fog of Peace assesses the state of contemporary stability operations and what must be done to further prepare our Armed Forces for modern war on the low end of the spectrum of conflict. It will be a 'must read' on the E-Ring of the Pentagon and in security studies programs across the nation."
    —Joseph J. Collins, Professor, National War College, and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Stability Operations

  • "This important book is certain to enrich the debate over how best to prepare military institutions to fight and adapt in future war."
    Survival: Global Politics and Strategy

  • "Military professionals will definitely want Davidson's book."
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Product Details

  • 6 x 9.
  • 256pp.
  • 5 Figures, 4 Tables.
Available for sale worldwide

  • Paper
  • 2011
  • Available
  • 978-0-472-03482-6

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Keywords

  • Military Learning, Nation Building , Counterinsurgency, Stability operations, Iraq, Afghanistan, Peacekeeping, U.S. Army, Organizational Learning, Irregular Warfare

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