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Transformation Under Fire: Revolutionizing How America Fights 1st Edition

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"Has delivered another insightful vision in his latest book.... Transformation Under Fire is a must-read for both military professionals and public officials charged with overseeing defense programs. It is likely to figure prominently in ongoing discussions of defense reform. The value of this book lies in its superb analysis of the current geopolitical environment and the author's coupling of this analysis with an informed assessment of the impact of information technology on warfare to support his proposals....Offers a strident critique of recent Army transformation efforts while also providing the reader a comprehensive vision of near-term changes within the department of Defense that could truly enhance our military's ability to conduct joint expeditionary operations....Essential reading for military professionals and for those with oversight of defense programs."-Army Magazine

"In today's Global War on Terrorism, the Pentagon's senior civilian and military leaders--who should read this book--must be afraid of nothing, not even a new idea."-Military Heritage

"The book is scholarly, well researched, cohesive, and technically written in a stimulating manner...Macgregor's book is ideal for reading at the war colleges, for the professional soldier and military planner, and for advanced courses in strategic defense."-Perspectives on Political Science

"Though widely considered a maverick, Col Macgregor enjoyed influence beyond his rank. Two of his books--Breaking the Phalanx, published in 1997, and the more recent Transformation Under Fire--were considered must-reads within the army, and some of the changes he advocated have been adopted in some form."-London Financial Times

"Transformation Under Fire offers a strident critique of recent Army transformation efforts while also providing the reader a comprehensive vision of near-term changes within the department of defense that could truly enhance our military's ability to conduct joint expeditionary operations....Essential reading for military professionals and for those with oversight of defense programs."-Army

"Found a receptive audience in Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's office....The defense secretary is intrigued by Macgregor's thinking, which he has refined in a new book, Transformation Under Fire: Revolutionizing The Way America Fights, due out in the fall: three to five rapidly deployable battle groups is the kind of force Rumsfeld believes is necessary in the global war on terrorism."-The Washington Post

"Macgregor, now stationed at National Defense University, has a knack for skillfully blending historical examples from the past with powerful arguments about the future. The combination is both thoroughly educational and extremely stimulating. This is a serious book worthy of reading by today's field grade officers and civilian policymakers interested in arguments that challenge the status quo. It is also highly recommended for joint combat developers and force planners at U.S. Joint Forces Command....Professionals who want to "think differently" and examine the kinds of forces and capabilities that can meet new challenges and "unexpected circumstances" should start with Transformation Under Fire."-Marine Corps Gazette

"Macgregor's book is the best tradition of military theorists, whose ideas transformed armies to meet the challenges of WWII: Hans Von Seckt, B. H. Liddell Hart, Charles de Gaulle, and Heinz Guderian. Macgregor presents the first coherent view of how the information age should transform the way we organize for war. The question now remains whether the U.S. Army will heed his calls for true or continue to cede more and more of its missions to the Marine Corps, which has embraced expeditionary warfare. Macgregor takes to task the leadership culture that stifles change; but more importantly, he sketches out a realistic, immediate path to true transformation that will vault the Army out of exile at the Pentagon and back into the forefront of the Nation's fight in the war on terrorism."-Armor

?In today's Global War on Terrorism, the Pentagon's senior civilian and military leaders--who should read this book--must be afraid of nothing, not even a new idea.?-Military Heritage

?The book is scholarly, well researched, cohesive, and technically written in a stimulating manner...Macgregor's book is ideal for reading at the war colleges, for the professional soldier and military planner, and for advanced courses in strategic defense.?-Perspectives on Political Science

?Though widely considered a maverick, Col Macgregor enjoyed influence beyond his rank. Two of his books--Breaking the Phalanx, published in 1997, and the more recent Transformation Under Fire--were considered must-reads within the army, and some of the changes he advocated have been adopted in some form.?-London Financial Times

?Transformation Under Fire offers a strident critique of recent Army transformation efforts while also providing the reader a comprehensive vision of near-term changes within the department of defense that could truly enhance our military's ability to conduct joint expeditionary operations....Essential reading for military professionals and for those with oversight of defense programs.?-Army

?Found a receptive audience in Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's office....The defense secretary is intrigued by Macgregor's thinking, which he has refined in a new book, Transformation Under Fire: Revolutionizing The Way America Fights, due out in the fall: three to five rapidly deployable battle groups is the kind of force Rumsfeld believes is necessary in the global war on terrorism.?-The Washington Post

?Macgregor, now stationed at National Defense University, has a knack for skillfully blending historical examples from the past with powerful arguments about the future. The combination is both thoroughly educational and extremely stimulating. This is a serious book worthy of reading by today's field grade officers and civilian policymakers interested in arguments that challenge the status quo. It is also highly recommended for joint combat developers and force planners at U.S. Joint Forces Command....Professionals who want to "think differently" and examine the kinds of forces and capabilities that can meet new challenges and "unexpected circumstances" should start with Transformation Under Fire.?-Marine Corps Gazette

?Macgregor's book is the best tradition of military theorists, whose ideas transformed armies to meet the challenges of WWII: Hans Von Seckt, B. H. Liddell Hart, Charles de Gaulle, and Heinz Guderian. Macgregor presents the first coherent view of how the information age should transform the way we organize for war. The question now remains whether the U.S. Army will heed his calls for true or continue to cede more and more of its missions to the Marine Corps, which has embraced expeditionary warfare. Macgregor takes to task the leadership culture that stifles change; but more importantly, he sketches out a realistic, immediate path to true transformation that will vault the Army out of exile at the Pentagon and back into the forefront of the Nation's fight in the war on terrorism.?-Armor

?Has delivered another insightful vision in his latest book.... Transformation Under Fire is a must-read for both military professionals and public officials charged with overseeing defense programs. It is likely to figure prominently in ongoing discussions of defense reform. The value of this book lies in its superb analysis of the current geopolitical environment and the author's coupling of this analysis with an informed assessment of the impact of information technology on warfare to support his proposals....Offers a strident critique of recent Army transformation efforts while also providing the reader a comprehensive vision of near-term changes within the department of Defense that could truly enhance our military's ability to conduct joint expeditionary operations....Essential reading for military professionals and for those with oversight of defense programs.?-Army Magazine

"Not everyone will agree with every point in this controversial book, but it deserves to be read and engaged seriously by those who lead the armed forces and care about transforming them to be dominant in the future."-Admiral Dennis Blair, U.S. Navy (Ret) former Commander, U.S. Pacific Command

"Colonel Doug Macgregor was a courageous combat commander in Desert Storm and is an even more courageous leader in transforming U.S. Land Warfare against an entrenched mindset that was proven wrong in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Airmen and soldiers must read this book!"-Thomas G. McInerney, Lt. Gen USAF (Ret)

"Colonel Macgregor provides anew and vibrant look at the age-old issue of military reform in Transformation Under Fire. His expert use of history and personal combat experience creates a compelling case for landpower's crucial role in joint expeditionary warfare."-Frank Carlucci Former Secretary of Defense, 1987-1989

"Thought provoking and insightful, this book is a must read for leaders who care about shaping America's future fighting force. Colonel Macgregor continues to lead the way in shaping thoughtful solutions to transforming the nation's military."-Congressman Mack Thornberry, R-Texas Member of the House Armed Services Committee

"Peek inside the Pentagon and see the U.S. Army faking transformation, refusing to reform the inside, and betting on unproven technology like Stryker and Future Combat Systems to keep Army troopers relevant. Col. Macgregor loves the Army enough to tell the truth: six ways to meet and beat the threats of the future."-Congressman Jim Cooper, D-Tennessee Member of the House Armed Services Committee

"Colonel Douglas Macgregor has once again pointed the way towards real transformation and innovation in the army. It is because he brings the combination of a military intellectual and a 'muddy boots' soldier to his work that he is able to see the potential for real change. This is a book for all those who give a damn about America's defense in the 21st century."-Williamson Murray Professor Emeritus, Ohio State University co-author of A War To Be Won, Fighting the Second World War

"Colonel Macgregor is to the Information Age joint military what Billy Mitchell was to airpower and what Liddell Hart, Fuller, DeGaulle and Guderian were to armored warfare. He understands what has to be done, understands the principles for creating a 21st century joint military, and has outlined a practical guide to America's next quarter century of military effectiveness. Every citizen who cares about national security should read this book and every professional who wants to be competent in the information age MUST read this book."-Newt Gingrich Former Speaker of the House of Representatives

Review

"Colonel Doug Macgregor was a courageous combat commander in Desert Storm and is an even more courageous leader in transforming U.S. Land Warfare against an entrenched mindset that was proven wrong in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Airmen and soldiers must read this book!" (Thomas G. McInerney, Lt. Gen USAF (Ret))

"Colonel Macgregor is to the Information Age joint military what Billy Mitchell was to airpower and what Liddell Hart, Fuller, DeGaulle and Guderian were to armored warfare. He understands what has to be done, understands the principles for creating a 21st century joint military, and has outlined a practical guide to America's next quarter century of military effectiveness. Every citizen who cares about national security should read this book and every professional who wants to be competent in the information age MUST read this book." (Newt Gingrich, Former Speaker of the House of Representatives)

"Peek inside the Pentagon and see the U.S. Army faking transformation, refusing to reform the inside, and betting on unproven technology like Stryker and Future Combat Systems to keep Army troopers relevant. Col. Macgregor loves the Army enough to tell the truth: six ways to meet and beat the threats of the future." (Congressman Jim Cooper, D-Tennessee, Member of the House Armed Services Committee)

"Thought provoking and insightful, this book is a must read for leaders who care about shaping America's future fighting force. Colonel Macgregor continues to lead the way in shaping thoughtful solutions to transforming the nation's military." (Congressman Mack Thornberry, R-Texas, Member of the House Armed Services Committee)

"Not everyone will agree with every point in this controversial book, but it deserves to be read and engaged seriously by those who lead the armed forces and care about transforming them to be dominant in the future." (Admiral Dennis Blair, U.S. Navy (Ret), former Commander, U.S. Pacific Command)

"Colonel Douglas Macgregor has once again pointed the way towards real transformation and innovation in the army. It is because he brings the combination of a military intellectual and a 'muddy boots' soldier to his work that he is able to see the potential for real change. This is a book for all those who give a damn about America's defense in the 21st century." (Williamson Murray, Professor Emeritus, Ohio State University, co-author of A War To Be Won, Fighting the Second World War)

"Colonel Macgregor provides anew and vibrant look at the age-old issue of military reform in Transformation Under Fire. His expert use of history and personal combat experience creates a compelling case for landpower's crucial role in joint expeditionary warfare." (Frank Carlucci, Former Secretary of Defense, 1987-1989) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger; 1st edition (September 30, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0275981924
  • ISBN-13: 978-0275981921
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,713,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In recent internal memorandum to the top brass of the Pentagon, Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, expressed deep reservations about our progress in the war on terrorism. He challenged the uniformed leadership to speed up transformation, writing "It is not possible to change DOD [Department of Defense] fast enough to successfully fight the global war on terror." Of all the branches of the military, the Army has been the most reluctant to restructure itself to meet the post cold war security environment's demands.
In Transformation Under Fire: Revolutionizing How America Fights, Colonel Douglas MacGregor examines the Army's failure to transform itself and forge a truly effective force to carry its burden in the war on terror. Instead of delaying transformation, he argues, the war on terror makes structural reform all the more urgent. MacGregor maintains that recent Army attempts at transformation, relying on the Stryker and a distant Future Combat System, fail to address the heart of the Army's problem: its anachronistic and cumbersome organization on the tactical and operational levels. MacGregor, however, spends the majority of his book proposing a solution to the problem: an immediate re-organization of the Army's combat units; and the fielding of currently available technology that will quickly address its tactical and operational needs.
MacGregor's ideas are not new. A Gulf war veteran who fought in the battle of 73 Easting, Colonel MacGregor went on to command 1-4 Cavalry at Ft. Riley. While serving there, he recognized the need to re-structure the Army to meet the post cold war demands.
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I hold this author to a higher standard, for he is in the top rank of perhaps 10 people who really know what they are talking about with respect to transformation. I believe he is the single most important mind behind the Army's recent transition from 10 divisions to 40+ brigades as the basic form of organization. Where he falls short (and remember, this is a master who in falling short is still light years ahead of the others) is in not going far enough: in not carrying his ideas out to inter-agency collaboration and multi-national inter-agency planning and coalition operations.

He also fails to properly put the failings of the US Navy and the US Air Force in context. The US Navy today is a disgrace, largely incapable of moving anything or getting anywhere at flank speed, and the US Air Force is even worse off--incapable of lifting what needs to be lifted, when it needs to be lifted, in the distances and quantities that need to be lifted. Without a chapter on this joint "sucking chest wound," the author's otherwise brilliant work loses much of its potential at the SecDef level.

This is a very serious book, not an essay. It is packed with substantive information, it is well-documented, and the footnotes are as useful as the main text.

The underlying theme in this book is that the Chief of Staff of the Army will not succeed until he breaks the back of the cultural mafia that persists--like the horse cavalry of old--in focusing on big units and expensive platforms. While the author is among the foremost and earliest proponents of small, fast, and many, it is clear to me that he does not consider the current Army to be moving in the right direction--a direction that he makes clear could lead to our achieving a sufficiency within months rather than years.
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This is a stand alone book, but it builds on the work Colonel Macgregor did in his earlier book. "Breaking the Phalanx." The first book dealt with tactical and operational issues of command and control (C2) and force structure in the Information Age. This book builds the case that information technology enables the creation multi-service, joint military commands and operations. And that the threat environment of the 21st Century makes the use of joint commands a necessity.

As in his previous book, Macgregor demonstrates his understanding that Command, Control, Computers, Communication, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) Systems. C4ISR Systems are information driven and allow battlefield awareness to be pushed to the top of the command structure while allowing decision making to pushed down to the tactical level of a command structure. This is brought about by the fact that functioning C4ISR systems simultaneously provide near real time information (situational awareness) to all levels of a military force.

This availability of information allows force structures to be both more flexible and to execute rapid maneuver warfare using dispersed tactical units. Also Macgregor believes that common or at least inter-operable C4ISR Systems make joint operational commands feasible. He argues that warfare in the 21st Century will require multi-service joint operations using small mission oriented modules of air, ground, and naval units. Again such joint operations are made possible by sharing a common and timely information base.

Perhaps most importantly, Macgregor discusses the cultural change that must take place among the Officer Corps of the U.S.
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