The New Legions: American Strategy and the Responsibility of Power (Google eBook)

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Nov 23, 2011 - Political Science - 216 pages
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Major General (Ret.) Edward B. Atkeson decries the decade-long campaign the United States has undertaken in the wake of 9/11 and offers a broad plan for global protection of American interests. He proposes shifting the military burden to friendly indigenous fighters recruited, trained, and equipped under United States leadership for operation in their native environments. Atkeson finds ample precedent for the effectiveness of similar legions of fighters. He lays out how such a program would work and shows how these legions could help the United States achieve its global objectives in a more cost-effective way.

  

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Contents

Chapter 1 A Troublesome War
1
Chapter 2 The Wider War as We Chose to Fight It
21
Chapter 3 What Have We Overlooked?
35
Whence the Concept?
45
The French Foreign Legion
61
Chapter 6 Where to Begin? And Then What?
69
Chapter 7 Latin AmericaOur Backyard
85
Our Exceptional Neighbor
97
The Slippery Slope
141
Chapter 11 The Islamic Worldand the Strong Horse
149
Chapter 12 Southeast AsiaPart of Americas History
157
Chapter 13 A Final Word
177
Endnotes
183
Index
199
About the Author
211
Copyright

Chapter 9 Africathe Dark Continent
117

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About the author (2011)

Major General Edward B. Atkeson (Ret.) is a senior fellow at the Institute of Land Warfare, Association of the U.S. Army, an a contributing editor of ARMY magazine. During his military service, he served as Deputy Chief of Intelligence, U.S. Army Europe, and later a member of the National Intelligence Council, under the Director of Central Intelligence. He also served with the Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs, Department of State.

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