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An Unknown Future and a Doubtful Present: Writing the Victory Plan of 1941 covers the work of then Maj. Albert C. Wedemeyer, the principal author of the Victory Plan. In just forty-eight months America raised and equipped a modern army seemingly overnight, a feat that owed much to sound military planning. As Wedemeyer makes clear, mobilization transcends purely military matters and must be understood to embrace the capacity of nations. His work underscores the fact that even in 1941 warfare had become so vast in scope, so expensive, and so technologically complex that nations could never again afford to maintain in time of peace the armies needed in time of war. The conclusion seems inescapable: The United States Army must keep mobilization planning at the center of all its military planning. Military planners and all those studying mobilization and logistics will benefit from processes Wedemeyer and his colleagues used in reaching their decisions on the units and material needed. The Victory Plan provides a clear picture of how they approached the challenge of preparing for modern war. This text includes photographs, footnotes, a bibliography, and an index.
This book may appeal to military leaders, active duty soldiers, strategic analysts, and students researching the reform of military operations and future military planning priorities for War and Politics courses as part of American Government, Social Studies, or History high school credit requirements, or military science, political science courses or leadership course certificates.
World War II resources collection is available here: https://bookstore.gpo.gov/catalog/us-military-history/battles-wars/world-war-ii
The State-Society/Citizen Relationship in Security Analysis: Implications for Planning and Implementation of U.S. Intervention and Peace/State-Building Operations is available here: https://bookstore.gpo.gov/products/sku/008-000-01144-3
Operating in the Gray Zone: An Alternative Paradigm for U.S. Military Strategy is available here: https://bookstore.gpo.gov/products/sku/008-000-01183-4
Marine Corps Planning Process can be found here: https://bookstore.gpo.gov/products/sku/008-000-01087-1
The U.S. Military Intervention in Panama: Origins, Planning, and Crisis Management, June 1987-December 1989 -- Paperback format can be found here: https://bookstore.gpo.gov/products/sku/008-029-00470-4
Other products produced by the U.S. Army, Center of Military History can be found here: https://bookstore.gpo.gov/agency/1061