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Nov 10

Decoding the Abrams Doctrine for Army Structure

The Abrams Doctrine is widely interpreted as an expression of General Creighton Abrams’s determination to maintain a clear linkage between the employment of the Army and the engagement of public support for military operations. Others interpret the Total Force policy as a means to maintain a sufficient force to meet the nation’s security needs without the costly burden of maintaining a large standing army. Whether the Abrams Doctrine was intended to serve as a tripwire for the presidential use of military power or was based on force structure needs alone is the subject of ongoing debate. Join us for a discussion on the impact of the Abrams Doctrine in the post-Vietnam era and its relevance in modern army force structure considerations.

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Dr. Conrad Crane
Chief of Historical Services, Army Heritage and Education Center

Dr. Jill Rough
Adjunct Professor, School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs, George Mason University

Dr. Gian Gentile
Senior Historian, RAND Corporation

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James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. James Jay Carafano, Ph.D.

Vice President for the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, and the E. W. Richardson Fellow Read More