The influence of strategic and organizational cultures on the Revolution in Military Affairs within the U.S. Army

dc.contributor.advisorRussell, James
dc.contributor.advisorYost, David S.
dc.contributor.authorKamara, Hassan M.
dc.contributor.departmentNational Security Affairs
dc.contributor.departmentNational Security Affairsen_US
dc.dateMarch 2015
dc.description.abstractThis thesis explores the influence of culture on the requirements for a Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA). It assesses how cultural factors at the strategic and the U.S. Army organizational levels may affect the changes required for realizing an RMA. Defined as a paradigmatic shift in the conduct of military affairs spurred by the confluence of organizational change with new and existing technologies and concepts of operations, the RMA has long been a controversial analytical construct. This thesis accepts the premise that the history of warfare can be interpreted as a series of RMAs. It explores the complex and powerful influence of American strategic culture and the organizational culture of the U.S. Army on the organizational, doctrinal, technology, funding and other factors vital to the realization of an RMA. The thesis compares the influence of U.S. strategic and Army organizational culture on the RMA during the interwar period (1919–1941) and the contemporary period (since the 2011 withdrawal of U.S. combat forces from Iraq) to highlight similarities and differences that U.S. military and civilian leaders can learn from to change the paradigm of military affairs in America’s favor.en_US
dc.description.distributionstatementApproved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
dc.description.recognitionOutstanding Thesisen_US
dc.description.serviceCaptain, United States Armyen_US
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesNPS Outstanding Theses and Dissertations
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.subject.authorRevolution in military affairs (RMA)en_US
dc.subject.authorstrategic cultureen_US
dc.subject.authororganizational cultureen_US
dc.subject.authorinterwar eraen_US
dc.subject.authorstrategic net assessmentsen_US
dc.subject.authornational cognitive styleen_US
dc.titleThe influence of strategic and organizational cultures on the Revolution in Military Affairs within the U.S. Armyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineSecurity Studies (Strategic Studies)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Arts in Security Studies (Strategic Studies)en_US
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