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    Wesley K. Clark(Author)
Ugly, shocking, frightening, war came to Europe once more in March 1999. The world watched in dismay as Yugoslavia's military machine attacked its own citizens in the province of Kosovo. Pictures of refugees fleeing and stories of murder and rape flashed to the top of the news. But this time, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization intervened. Using an innovative, high-technology air operation, NATO brought modern military power to bear against Serb forces in the field and the machinery of repression that backed them up. It was modern war - limited in scope, measured in effect, extraordinarily complex in execution. The American commanders who oversaw this massive military effort and managed the often incompatible demands of NATO's 19 governments was General Wesley K. Clark. In "Waging Modern War", Clark recounts not only the events that led to armed conflict, but also the context within which he made the key strategic decisions. He also describes, for the first time, the personal conflict he felt as he walked the tightrope of high diplomacy and military strategy. His conflict with his British counterpart was arguably the most serious Anglo-American military difference since Montgomery and Eisenhower in World War II. Laying out the new realities of war-fighting and war-planning, Clark reveals how the military infrastruture will have to adapt if it is to meet new threats. This is the story of war today, and as it will be fought tomorrow.

General Wesley K Clark was Supreme Allied Commander of NATO forces in Europe between 1997 and 2000, and in Waging Modern War he recounts how he masterminded "Operation Allied Force", the ultimately successful war against Serbia in Kosovo throughout the early months of 1999. However, this is no simple-minded military memoir. As a West Point graduate and Rhodes Scholar, Clark was regarded as both an intellectual and a hawk, a difficult position that led to a series of awkward political encounters throughout the military campaign. One of the most absorbing dimensions of the book is Clark's description of how he

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  • PDF | 544 pages
  • Wesley K. Clark(Author)
  • Publicaffairs Ltd.; New edition edition (1 Sept. 2002)
  • English
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  • History
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  • By guy.setton@kimpton.co.uk on 12 November 2001

    Waging Modern War by Wesley K. Clark is an excellent account of Operation "Allied Force" from a military, political and diplomatic perspective. It gives a unique insider's view of Nato's first military operation. Many today fail to recognize that for all purposes and by all definitions Operation "Allied Force" was a war; a war which Nato won and much of it due to the leadership, intelligence and persistence of Clark.There are extremely interesting anecdotes on the rivalries between the White House, the Pentagon, the military command on the field, and amongst the Allies themselves.Clark faced a nightmare scenario having to navigate between all these different players and their interests. In addition, he had to face the public pressure and the 24hour media which gave him no rest. On top of all these factors he had to remain focused on the most important objective; that of winning the war.This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand what is going on behind-the-scenes in today's war on terrorism. More important, it should be read by our political and military leaders who are now waging war in Afghanistan and possibly elsewhere tomorrow.It explains in great detail the characteristics of modern warfare, the multiple factors involved and the dilemmas that political and military leaders face today when at war.No war is ever the same and, therefore, no one should prepare for tomorrow's war by training to fight yesterday's battles.Some fundemental principles, however, remain the same. The most important one, which Clark addresses on two occasions is the lesson he learned from talking to the former Israeli general and prime minister, the late Yitzhak Rabin, and that is the principle of "persistence". To win the war on terror, we will need to be very persistent.After finishing the book, one is left with one unanswered question, which is still a mystery to Clark himself: why was he removed from his position a year early despite having led Nato to its first and only military success in its history?Guy Setton.

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