In Scales on War, Major General Bob Scales provides a collection of ideas, concepts, and observations about contemporary war taken from over thirty years of research, writing, and personal experience. He utilizes contemporary military history, current events, and his philosophy of ground warfare to create a very personal and expansive view of the future direction of American defense policies. Each chapter addresses a distinct topic facing the upcoming prospects of America’s military, including tactical ground warfare, future gazing, the draft, and the role of women in the infantry. Fusing all of these topics together is Scales’ belief that, throughout its history, the United States has favored a technological approach to fighting its wars and has neglected its ground forces.
Scales on War shows that, as a result of America’s focus on winning wars with technology rather than people, America’s enemies have learned how to win battles by defeating such technology. As a well-known warfare expert, Scales argues that only a resurgent land force of Army and Marine small units will restore America’s fighting competence.
Maj. Gen. Bob Scales, USA (Ret.), is one of America’s most respected authorities on land power. He commanded two units in Vietnam and is the recipient of the Silver Star for action during the Battle of Hamburger Hill. He commanded units in Korea and the United States and completed his service as Commandant of the Army War College.
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Maj. Gen. Bob Scales, USA (Ret.)
Senior Research Fellow For Defense Policy