Scales on War is a collection of ideas, concepts and observations about contemporary war taken from over 30 years of research, writing and personal experience by retired Major General Bob Scales. The book melds Scales' unique style of writing that includes contemporary military history, current events and his philosophy of ground warfare to create a very personal and expansive view of where Americn defense policies are heading in the future.
The book is a collection. Each chapter addresses distinct topics that embrace tactical ground warfare, future gazing, the draft and the role of women in the infantry. His uniting thesis is that throughout its history the United States has favored a technological approach to fighting its wars and has neglected its ground forces. America's enemies have learned though the experience of battle how to defeat American technology. The consequences of a learning and adaptive enemy has been a continuous string of battlefield defeats.
Scales argues that only a resurgent land force of Army and Marine small units will restore America's fighting competence.
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Bob Scales (Author)
Bob Scales: Gen. (Dr) Bob Scales is one of America's most respected authorities on land power. He commanded two units in Vietnam winning the Silver Star for action during the Battle of Hamburger Hill.