Accession Number : ADA300755

Title :   The Problems of Peacetime Innovation: The Development of US Army Antiaircraft Artillery During the Interwar Period -- A Case Study in Preparing the Army for the Future.

Descriptive Note : Monograph,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MIL ITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Greenwald, Bryon E.

PDF Url : ADA300755

Report Date : 19 MAY 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 62

Abstract : This monograph examines several external and internal factors that influence innovation as they apply to military organizations in general and to the development of the American antiaircraft artillery establishment between World War I and World War II specifically. A child of World War I, the antiaircraft artillery fought against external and internal post-war pressures to emerge as an accepted member of the family of arms by 1941. The emergence of the antiaircraft artillery during this period represented a shift within its parent branch, the Coast Artillery Corps, away from the traditional mission of seacoast defense. Over the course of this shift, the antiaircraft artillery fought against not only the purveyors of the status quo in the seacoast artillery who sought to shield their organization from technical and political obsolescence, but also the other combat arms within the Army, in particular the Air Corps, which disagreed with the Coast Artillery over the need for antiaircraft artillery. For these reasons, the history of the antiaircraft artillery is an excellent vehicle through which to examine the phenomenon of military innovation. (MM)

Descriptors :   *MILITARY HISTORY, *MILITARY ORGANIZATIONS, *ARTILLERY AMMUNITION, *ANTIAIRCRAFT AMMUNITION, MILITARY STRATEGY, PEACETIME, CASE STUDIES, MILITARY MODERNIZATION, ARMY PLANNING.

Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations
      Ammunition and Explosives

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE