Accession Number : ADA194904

Title :   Book Analysis: 'The Straw Giant'.

Descriptive Note : Student rept.,

Corporate Author : AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s) : Torigian, Albert S

PDF Url : ADA194904

Report Date : Apr 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 38

Abstract : This report analyzes The Straw Giant by Arthur T. Hadley. Specifically this report examines Hadley's premise that weaknesses in the American Defense System can be attributed to six recurring themes or faults. These themes are validated or refuted based on outside evidence. Hadley's recommendations to cure the faults are also examined. These faults, which explain our past defects, manifest themselves in six recurring themes. Hadley has identified these themes as: (1) The Great Divorce (between) society and the military), (2) Interservice and Intraservice Rivalry, (3) Flawed Organization, (4) Readiness, (5) Overcontrol and, (6) Keeping the Able From Contributing to the Action, or KAFCA. Hadley also provides four major reforms to correct the faults: (1) Heal The Great Divorce through internal reforms; (2) Institute a just draft; (3) Reform the Joint Chiefs of Staff and; (4) Fund missions directly. This book analysis is limited to an examination of these themes and reforms. It also examines author Hadley to determine his credibility, which is rated as high.

Descriptors :   *DEFENSE SYSTEMS, *MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), BOOKS, MILITARY ORGANIZATIONS, OPERATIONAL READINESS, CONTROL SYSTEMS, FAILURE

Subject Categories : Defense Systems
      Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE