Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Balance SheetThe Iraq War and U.S. National Security$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

John S. Duffield and Peter J. Dombrowski

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804760133

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804760133.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM STANFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.stanford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Stanford University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in SSO for personal use.date: 28 May 2022

The Iraq War and the State of the U.S. Military

The Iraq War and the State of the U.S. Military

(p.87) 5 The Iraq War and the State of the U.S. Military
Balance Sheet
Michael E. O'Hanlon
Stanford University Press

This chapter examines the impact of the Iraq War on the U.S. military. It suggests that the war negatively affected the state of American military readiness in terms of equipment, personnel, and training, but that it has also battle-hardened the force, created a generation of war veterans who will command the American military at varying levels for decades to come, and has led to demonstrable improvements in military performance in counterinsurgency and stabilization missions. The chapter also suggests that the U.S. armed forces learned valuable lessons about post-conflict operations and nation-building.

Keywords:   Iraq War, U.S. military, military readiness, war veterans, counterinsurgency, stabilization missions, post-conflict operations, nation-building

Stanford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.