An Agent of Change or a Colonel Who Just Complained: A Case Study of Colonel Douglas A. Macgregor and His Book, Breaking the Phalanx, a New Design for Landpower in the 21st Century
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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The monograph proposes that Colonel Douglas A. Macgregor represents an Agent of Change for the United States Army. In 1997 Colonel Macgregor published the book, Breaking the Phalanx, A New Design for Landpower in the 21st Century BTP. This book questioned the Armys continued adherence to a Cold War paradigm and proposed that a new operational concept supported by organization, doctrine and cultural changes could revolutionize the militarys capabilities. Colonel Macgregor proposed concepts for improving the Armys integration into the joint community and modifying the Armys organizational and cultural. Lieutenant Colonel Macgregor believed emerging information technologies combined with significant changes in the national security environment promised a revolutionary advancement of the Army Armys capabilities if synchronized with corresponding changes in doctrine, organization, and culture. The proposals in BTP remain controversial. As with the cliche one mans terrorist is another mans freedom fighter, one mans agent of change is often viewed by others as simply a disenfranchised complainer. Hence the monograph monographs title Douglas Macgregor an Agent of Change or a Colonel Who Just Complained The monograph next provides an analysis of the environment confronting the United States Army during the time period of 1991-2003. This period represented an extraordinary period of change for both the world and the United States Army. In the first eight years of this period the Army quickly downsized. The Army reduced force structure by forty percent, operated under budgets reduced by forty-five percent, closed numerous facilities and reduced forward deployed forces in Europe by fifty percent. In the last two years of this period the Army performed its role in the War on Terrorism by conducting combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.
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