Advancing under fire wartime change and the U.S. military
Masaitis, Robert A.
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This study begins with the premise that no military is ever optimally configured for any conflict into which it enters. Therefore, the need for significant changes to doctrine, organization, and technology almost invariably arises. Significant changes do not come about easily in military organizations, especially during wartime. This study examines the underlying conditions necessary for making major changes during wartime. It first surveys the relevant literature covering both military and organizational change in order to build hypotheses about wartime change. It then develops a framework and typology with which to study change in the complex endeavor of a military at war. Finally, it uses the United States military's experiences in World War II, Vietnam, and the Global War on Terror as case studies with which to test those hypotheses and derive conclusions about the conditions under which change may occur during wartime.
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