The Iraq War: Strategy, Tactics, and Military Lessons (Google eBook)

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CSIS, 2003 - History - 572 pages
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"In this book, respected military analyst Anthony Cordesman provides the first in-depth examination of the key issues swirling around the most significant U.S. war since Vietnam. Finding answers is essential if we are to understand the United States' awesome power and its place in a new age of international terror and regional conflict. Finding answers is also essential if we are to draw the proper lessons and understand the new challenges of conflict termination, peacemaking, and nation building."--BOOK JACKET.
  

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Contents

HARDTARGET KILL CAPABILITIES
290
CRUISE MISSILES
291
THE USE OF PRECISION AIR MUNITIONS
294
Other Guided Weapons and the CBU105
295
The AGM130 SLAM and JSOW
296
British Use of Precision Weapons
297
Dumb Weapons and Strafing
299
THE BOMBER AND THE ADVANTAGE OF RANGEPAYLOAD
300

The Coalition Application of Airpower
28
Anything but a Cakewalk
29
LANDBASED AIR DEFENSES
32
The Weakness of Iraqi Air Defenses
34
IRAQI AND COALITION LAND FORCES
36
Coalition Land Forces
37
The Size and Capability of Iraqi Forces
40
The Iraqi Land Force Command Structure
42
The Iraqi Manpower Base
43
The Iraqi Land Force Order of Battle
44
The Deployment of Iraqi Land Forces
45
Iraqs Irregular Forces
47
Iraqi Tank Strength
48
Iraqi Artillery Strength
49
Other Iraqi Major LandForce Weapons
50
Army Aviation
51
THE PROBLEM OF FUTURE FORCE RATIOS
52
THE COURSE OF THE WAR AND THE INTERACTION OF JOINT FORCES
57
THE DECAPITATION STRIKE AND INITIAL LAND ADVANCE
58
Prelude
60
GDay
61
INTENSIVE AIR OPERATIONS AND CONTINUING LAND ADVANCES
62
2021 March
64
2122 March
65
2223 March
69
2324 March
72
2425 March
73
THE CONTINUING ADVANCE FROM THE SOUTH
74
2526 March
76
2627 March
77
2728 March
79
2829 March
80
2930 March
82
31 March1 April
85
12 April
87
23 April
90
34 April
92
THE BATTLE OF BAGHDAD
94
45 April
96
56 April
102
67 April
104
78 April
106
89 April
108
910 April
112
THE END OF THE BATTLE OF BAGHDAD AND MOVEMENT TOWARD TIKRIT
114
1011 April
117
1112 April
120
1213 April
124
THE END OF THE CONFLICT AND FIRST EFFORTS AT THE TRANSITION TO NATION BUILDING
125
1314 April
126
1415 April
127
1516 April
130
1617 April
133
1718 April
138
1819 April
139
1920 April
141
2021 April
142
NO CLEAN ENDING
144
WAR PLAN AND TRANSFORMATION POWELL DOCTRINE VERSUS RUMSFELD DOCTRINE AND THE NEW WAY OF WAR
149
THE POLITICAL FACTORS THAT MAKE THE WAR PLAN DEBATE LARGELY MOOT
153
THE NEW WAY OF WAR DEBATE
159
The Need to Remember the Past
160
THE POWELL DOCTRINE VERSUS RUMSFELD DOCTRINE DEBATE
163
The Need to Redefine Decisive Force
165
The Dangers of American Triumphalism
168
LESSONS ABOUT THE INTERACTION BETWEEN MILITARY FUNDAMENTALS AND NEW TACTICS AND TECHNOLOGY
173
THE VALUE OF TRAINING READINESS AND HUMAN FACTORS
174
Innovation and Initiative
176
Morale and Motivation
177
COMPETENCE ADAPTIVENESS AND FLEXIBILITY IN WAR PLANNING
178
SYNCHRONICS SIMULTANEITY SPEED JOINTNESS AND COMBINED ARMS
180
SITUATIONAL AWARENESS INTELLIGENCE AND COMMAND AND COMMUNICATIONS
183
The Scale of the ISR Effort
184
The Need for Improvisation and Tailoring ISR Systems to a Given Conflict
190
The Limits of ISR Capability
193
THE IMPACT OF SPACE WARFARE
195
Evolving Space into Jointness
196
Space and Communications
198
The Ongoing Evolution of Space
199
The Importance of GPS
200
GPS Jammers and Countermeasures
201
OWNING THE NIGHT AND ALLWEATHER WARFARE
202
The Need for Better Radar and Space Capabilities
203
Airborne Refueling
204
Logistics and Power Projection
205
Airlift and Sealift
207
THE ROLE OF THE RESERVES
209
LESSONS AFFECTING THE OVERALL CONDUCT OF THE WAR AND JOINT FORCES
215
LAND POWERREINFORCED AIR POWER AND VICE VERSA
216
SHOCK AND AWE VERSUS PRECISION AND FOCUS
218
NETCENTRIC WARFARE ISR TECHNOLOGY PROCESSING INTEGRATION AND NEARREALTIME INFORMATION FLOW AND TARGETI...
219
THE NEED TO RESTRUCTURE US COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS AND THE POSSIBLE NEED TO RESTRUCTURE THEATER COM...
221
Areas for Improvement and Problems at the Battalion Level
222
Target Characterization and Battle Damage Assessment
227
BANDWIDTH
230
ASYMMETRIC WARFARE
231
FRIENDLY FIRE AND CASUALTY ISSUES
238
THE FORCE XXI BATTLE COMMAND BRIGADE AND BELOW FBCB2 SYSTEM
240
POSTWAR REVIEW OF FORCE PLANS BASING AND TRANSFORMATIONAL RESTOCKING
245
A NEW DUAL STANDARD AND FORM OF ASYMMETRIC WARFARE?
246
Iraqi Military Casualties
247
AIR MISSILE AND LANDBASED AIR DEFENSE FORCES
253
FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF AIR POWER WHILE LIMITING CIVILIAN CASUALTIES AND COLLATERAL D...
256
Understanding Effectsbased Bombing
257
The Pattern of Effectsbased Bombing during the War
274
Civilian Casualties and Collateral Damage
275
TRUE PRECISION AIRSTRIKE CAPABILITY
276
Understanding the True Meaning of Precision
277
The Scale and Nature of the Coalition Effort
279
TIMESENSITIVE STRIKES
280
STEALTH
283
CLOSE AIR SUPPORT
285
THE VALUE OF EXPEDITIONARY AIR POWER AND PROBLEMS IN ALLIED READINESS INTEROPERABILITY AND MODERNIZATION
287
CHANGES IN AIR COMBAT PACKAGES
289
The impact of the B1B Lancer
302
The Impact of RangePayload on Fighter Attack Aircraft and the FA18EF
303
The Issue of Survivability in Future Wars
304
Integrating JSTARS into joint warfare
306
UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES UAVS
307
The Global Hawk
308
The Dragon Eye
309
The Shadow and the Raven
312
UAV Procurement and the UAV Road Map
315
THE STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES OF THE A10
316
THE STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES OF THE A64 APACHE AND OTHER ATTACK HELICOPTERS
317
A Need for Changes in Tactics andor Technology?
318
The Need for Joint FixedWing and RotaryWing Attack Operations?
323
Balancing Lessons from AH1 Operations
324
THE US MARINE CORPS AV8B HARRIER
333
THE US MARINE CORPS V22 OSPREY
335
THE ROLE OF THE PATRIOT
338
LESSONS AFFECTING ARMY LAND FORCES
349
THE VALUE OF MAIN BATTLE TANKS AND HEAVY FIREPOWER AND ARMOR
351
Tank Losses Causes and Lessons Learned
353
PRECISION ARTILLERY AS A PARTNER TO PRECISION AIR POWER
358
The MLRSATACMS
359
The Potential Impact of SADARM
360
SPECIAL FORCES AS AN ELEMENT OF JOINT WARFARE
362
Technology
363
Snake Eaters with Masters Degrees
364
Tactics of Improved Jointness
365
Maneuverability Rather Than Fighting on Traditional Terms?
366
Force the Defender to Maneuver and Move Outside of Cities
367
RESEARCH AND RERESEARCH ON LOCAL WEATHER AND OPERATING CONDITIONS
368
LESSONS AFFECTING MARINE CORPS LAND FORCES
373
BOTH POSTAMPHIBIOUS AND POSTLITTORAL FORCES
374
FRICTION AND THE CONTINUING FOG OF WAR
375
LESSONS FROM THE COMBAT ASSESSMENT TEAM REPORT FOR THE MARINE CORPS SYSTEMS COMMAND
381
LESSONS FROM FIELD REPORTING FROM THE 1ST MARINE DIVISION
388
MARINE CORPS ARTILLERY
393
FRIENDLY FIRE
394
MARINE CORPS SUPPLY AND LOGISTICS
395
LESSONS AFFECTING NAVAL FORCES
399
JOINTNESS IN NAVAL AIR OPERATIONS
400
JOINTNESS IN C3 ISR AND OPEN ARCHITECTURE
401
VALUE OF SEALIFT AND MARITIME PREPOSITIONING SHIPS
402
THE VALUE OF ALLIES
403
LESSONS RELATING TO INTELLIGENCE AND WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION
405
THE NEED FOR BETTER ASSESSMENT CHARACTERIZATION AND LOCATION OF WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION AND KEY DELI...
407
Key Points in the US and British White Papers
408
Problems in Collecting Data on Iraqi and Other Country WMD Capabilities and Delivery Systems
425
Problems in Analyzing Iraqi and Other Country WMD Capabilities and Delivery Systems
429
The Politics of Characterizing and Targeting Iraqi WMD Capabilities and Delivery Systems
431
Dealing with a proven proliferator
432
Outstanding issues concerning Iraqs compliance with the UN effort
433
The Costs of Politicizing Intelligence
441
THE NEED FOR RAPID AND RELIABLE CHARACTERIZATION OF CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL AGENTS AND THE COALITION INTEL...
447
THE SEARCH DURING AND AFTER THE WAR
450
The Initial Search Effort
451
Expanding the Effort and Creating the Iraq Survey Group
452
Conversion to a Forensic Search Effort
454
LESSONS FOR THE FUTURE
455
OTHER LESSONS
471
SAFETYBECOMING MORE CRITICAL
472
LESSONS FROM IRAQI PROBLEMS AND SHORTCOMINGS
475
IRAQ REALLY WAS A TYRANNY
476
WASTING THE BEST FORCES WASTES ALL THE FORCES
479
Making Urban Warfare in Baghdad Difficult to Impossible
480
THE PROBLEM OF SANCTIONS AND EQUIPMENT MODERNIZATION
481
IRAQI WARTIME PREPARATIONS EMPHASIZED THE WRONG IDEOLOGY AND TYPE OF PSYCHOLOGICAL OPERATIONS
482
A BLIND FORCE AS WELL AS ONE WITHOUT A BRAIN
483
Problems in Urban Warfare
484
OTHER FAILURES
485
LESSONS REGARDING THE VALUE OF ALLIES AND BUILDUP TIME
487
THE VALUE OF REGIONAL ALLIES
490
THE VALUE OF REBUILDING ALLIANCES
491
MILITARY LESSONS RELATING TO CONFLICT TERMINATION PEACEMAKING AND NATION BUILDING
493
THE IMPACT OF LIMITED MILITARY RESOURCES
494
AVOIDABLE PROBLEMS
496
Problems in International Coordination
497
Failures at the Field and Tactical Levels
499
A FAILURE OF US LEADERSHIP AND ORGANIZATION
504
THE INABILITY OF THE US MILITARY TO PROPERLY CONCEPTUALIZE AND UNDERSTAND GRAND STRATEGY
506
THERE IS NO NEW WAY OF WAR WITHOUT SUCCESSFUL CONFLICT TERMINATION PEACEMAKING AND NATION BUILDING
508
INTELLIGENCE ON CONFLICT TERMINATION AND NATION BUILDING
509
LESSONS RELATING TO POLITICAL DIPLOMATIC AND PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE
511
Longstanding Failures in Public Diplomacy
513
Problems Stemming from the Bush Administration
514
The Strategic and Grand Strategic Aspects of Psychological and Political Warfare
515
GRAND STRATEGY THE CIVILIAN ASPECTS OF NATION BUILDING AND THE CHALLENGE OF WINNING THE PEACE
517
BEST WORST AND PROBABLE CASES
519
LESSONS FOR NEARTERM ACTION
524
THE MEDIUMTERM AND LONGERTERM CHALLENGES IN NATION BUILDING
527
FRACTURE LINES IN THE POSTWAR INFRASTRUCTURE
529
POLITICAL FRACTURE LINES
536
External Political Fracture Lines
539
DEMOGRAPHIC FRACTURE LINES
542
Economic Strains and Weaknesses
543
ENERGY AND OIL EXPORT FRACTURE LINES
544
Iraqi Oil Development Needs
545
Contingency Contracts Signed under Saddam
546
The Ethnic Fracture Lines of Oil Development and Control
547
The Fracture Lines of Oil and Gas Exports
548
TRANSPARENCY AND CONSPIRACY THEORIES
551
LESSONS FOR PEACEMAKING AND NATION BUILDING
555
GRAND STRATEGY THE OUTCOME OF THE IRAQ WAR AND THE NEW OLD MIDDLE EAST
559
ISRAEL AND THE SECOND INTIFADA
561
IRAN
562
SYRIA
563
TURKEY
564
SAUDI ARABIA AND THE SOUTHERN GULF STATES
565
JORDAN
566
EGYPT
567
ISLAMIC EXTREMISM AND TERRORISM
568
ENERGY IMPORTS AND ENERGY SECURITY
569
THE UNDERLYING FACTORS THAT SHAPE THE NEW OLD MIDDLE EAST
570
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
573
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Anthony H. Cordesman holds the Arleigh Burke Chair in Strategy at CSIS.

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