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A History of Innovation: U.S. Army Adaptation in War and Peace (ePub eBook)

Title:
A History of Innovation: U.S. Army Adaptation in War and Peace
Format:
Paperback
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GPO Stock Number:
008-029-00528-0
ISBN:
9780160841873
Description

The U.S. Army has a long record of fielding innovations that not only have enhanced its effectiveness on the battlefield but also sometimes had an impact far beyond warfare. General Editor Jon T. Hoffman has brought together eleven authors who cover the gamut from the invention of the M1 Garand rifle between the world wars through the development of the National Training Center in the 1980s.

While many books lay out theories about the process of innovation or detail the history of a large-scale modernization, the collection of fourteen essays in A History of Innovation: U.S. Army Adaptation in War and Peace fills a different niche in the literature. This work is neither a historical account of how the Army has adapted over time nor a theoretical look at models that purport to show how innovation is best achieved. Instead, it captures a representative slice of stories of soldiers and Army civilians who have demonstrated repeatedly that determination and a good idea often carry the day in peace and war. Despite the perception of bureaucratic inertia, the institution's long history of benefiting from the inventiveness of its people indicates that it is an incubator of innovation after all.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents:

Foreword . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . v

Contributors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vi

Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ix

Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

1 M1 Garand Rifle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

2 Radar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

3 The Benning Revolution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

4 Air Observation Posts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

5 Armored Force Organization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

6 Tank Destroyer Force . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63

7 The Bazooka . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73

8 Upgunning the Amphibian Tank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83

9 Conquering the Hedgerows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93

10 Special Patrol Groups . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103

11 Airmobility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117

12 Airborne Radio Direction Finding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129

13 Artillery Speed Shifter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139

14 National Training Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147

Conclusion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155

Suggested Readings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161

Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165

Illustrations

Audience

Army leaders and soldiers, member of government and policymakers, and military tacticians will all want to read the examples in this publication about the Army dealing with innovations in warfare and their successful, or unsuccessful, results, in order to better prepare soldiers and create newer and better warfare innovations.  In addition, members of other military branches, Veterans, and members of the general public interested in the military will find this a fascinating publication.

Product Details

Availability Details:
Backordered
USA Price:
$19.00
International Price:
$26.60
Publisher:
Defense Dept., Army, Center of Military History
Author:
  • Hoffman, Jon T.
Year/Pages:
2010: 180 p.; ill.
Key Phrases:
  • Center of Military History Publication 40 6
  • Inventions
  • United States Army Adaptions in War and Peace
  • Military History
  • Army History
Weight:
0.875
Quantity Price:
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Cover:
Paper
Unit of Issue (US):
1
Unit of Issue (Non-US):
1
Item available Date:
10/01/2009
Last Status Update:
05/21/2014
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