Book Signing: Managing Defense Transformation

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Adam N. Stulberg, Associate Professor, and Michael D. Salomone, Professor, in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, have just released their newest book Managing Defense Transformation: Agency, Culture and Service Change. Come meet the authors at a book signing event at Barnes & Noble Bookstore, September 10, 2007 at 5:30pm.

This study asks why some militaries are more adept than others at reinventing themselves and why some efforts succeed rapidly while others only gather momentum over time or become sidetracked or even subverted. Through comparative analysis of four classic cases - U.S. naval aviation during the interwar period, German and British armor development during the same period, and the U.S. Army's experience with counter-insurgency during the Vietnam War - the authors offer a novel explanation for change rooted in managerial strategies for aligning service incentives and norms. With contemporary policymakers scrambling to digest the lessons of recent wars in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as to meet the unfolding challenges of the new revolution in military affairs (RMA), understanding the sources and impediments to transformation has become critical.

This book explicates the conditions under which military organizations have both succeeded and failed at institutionalizing new ideas and forms of warfare. This study will be of interest to students of military innovation and scholars of organizational theory and institutional behavior in particular, and those interested in military and security studies more generally.

Refreshments will be served! Presentation and signing will start at 5:30 p.m. followed by an open discussion.


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