Beware of Small States: Lebanon, Battleground of the Middle by David Hirst

By David Hirst

Lebanon, a rustic no greater than Connecticut, has develop into a battleground for the political, strategic and ideological conflicts of its friends and the good powers. It has come to mirror the wide historic reviews of the trendy heart East. Beware of Small States is a sublime and incisive historical past of Lebanon culminating with the 2006 battle among Israel and Hezbollah and its aftermath. David Hirst—a former heart East correspondent for The Guardian, whose difficult, skeptical voice has earned him demise threats and noticeable him banned from six Arab countries—crafts a story that's crucial for an individual wishing to appreciate the present political weather of the center East.

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In the decade following DESERT STORM, the Army reorganized its training and rewrote its doctrine to assure that it met its challenges and, when appropriate, led the way for the joint team. Joint doctrine grew rapidly as Joint Forces Command morphed from US Atlantic Command, gaining training and joint doctrinal development responsibilities. Along with the other services, the Army worked to support the development and training of increasingly “joint” capable organizations. The Army changed its own basic doctrine not only to accommodate joint doctrine, but to accommodate apparent changes in the environment.

Accordingly, both turned their energy to considering how to counter the apparent advantages that Soviet weapons and tactics seemed to have conferred on the Arabs and Egyptians specifically. The results were impressive. In the 1970s and 1980s, the Army’s leadership wrought changes in doctrine, training, materiel development, and acquisition that amounted to a renaissance of the force. At the same time, the Air Force’s Tactical Air Command aggressively sought the means to counter the air defense threat apparent in the Yom Kippur War.

For the Army, it marks the first major campaign since Operation DESERT STORM. It is the first time the decade’s worth of investments in digitization and interservice interoperability has been put to the test. This quick look at the war from an Army perspective suggests implications for the Army’s continued transformation to the future force. These implications are organized in the broad categories discussed earlier and may serve as a starting point for further discussions and ultimately, programmatic decisions.

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