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The Mayaguez Crisis, Mission Command, and Civil-Military Relations

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Technical Report

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Joint Chiefs of Staff Washington United States

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The Mayaguez crisis is one of the best but least-understood crises in US Copious documentation, including declassified White House meeting minutes and notes private conversations, has not produced a explanation for US behavior. The event explained as a rescue mission, a defense of the seas, an exercise in realpolitik, a political to enhance Fords domestic political fortunes, a national spasm of violence arising from over losing Vietnam. Widespread confusion what happened and why it did contributes confused explanations for US behavior. Ford never understood the exact roles strongest advisors, Henry A. Kissinger and Schlesinger, played during the crisis. Now, however, with new sources and analysis, Christopher J. Lambs The Crisis, Mission Command, and Civil-Relations demonstrates how three decades mischaracterized US motives and allegation of civilian micromanagement He then extracts lessons for current issues mission command philosophy, civil-military and national security reform. In makes the argument that the incredible made by US servicemen during the crisis been avoided but were not in vain.

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  • Government and Political Science
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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