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Hog Pilots, Blue Water Grunts: The American Military in the Air, at Sea, and on the Ground ePub download

by Robert D. Kaplan

  • Author: Robert D. Kaplan
  • ISBN: 1400061334
  • ISBN13: 978-1400061334
  • ePub: 1861 kb | FB2: 1628 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Military
  • Publisher: Random House; First Edition edition (September 4, 2007)
  • Pages: 448
  • Rating: 4.4/5
  • Votes: 628
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Hog Pilots, Blue Water Grunts: The American Military in the Air, at Sea, and on the Ground ePub download

The Air Force was a branch of the Army called the Army Air Forces until 1947, when it became a separate service. Those Army roots were manifested in how fighter pilots still saw themselves-as the Cavalry coming to the rescue, whether in an AC-130, a B-52 bomber, or a stealthy jet fighter.

The Air Force was a branch of the Army called the Army Air Forces until 1947, when it became a separate service. When I had asked Col. Mark Tapper of Westlake Village, California, a Hickam-based F-16 pilot, about unmanned planes making airmen like himself obsolete, he replied, It won’t happen, because it’s not chivalrous. We’re the knights-the officers who take personal risk. That’s part of our identity.

Robert D. Kaplan (Balkan Ghosts: A Journey Through History). Current through 2006, the author gives the reader an idea of what modern combat is like, in the air, on and below the sea, and on the ground. Experience the life of military personal on land, in the air, and at sea and how they prepare for the war or terrorism. Though I'm a veteran, I'm also damned glad that I wasn't embedded with him as he was collecting the data for this book! Gritty.

In this extraordinary book, Kaplan allows readers to experience the worldwide American military at sea, in the air, and on land. Throughout, Kaplan conveys not only the vast scope of the military's commitments, but also how these operations appear to the troops themselves. 3 people like this topic.

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In Hog Pilots, Blue Water Grunts, acclaimed journalist Robert D. Kaplan continues his exploration of the American military's challenging and varied commitments around the world.

In this extraordinary audiobook, Robert D. Kaplan lets listeners experience up close the American military worldwide in the air, at sea, and on. .People Who Liked Hog Pilots, Blue Water Grunts Also Liked These Free Titles: Vietnam and the Presidency by David Halberstam

In this extraordinary audiobook, Robert D. Kaplan lets listeners experience up close the American military worldwide in the air, at sea, and on the ground. People Who Liked Hog Pilots, Blue Water Grunts Also Liked These Free Titles: Vietnam and the Presidency by David Halberstam. Israel and the 1967 War with Tom Segev by Tom Segev.

Expanding on Kaplan's acclaimed Imperial Grunts, HOG PILOTS, BLUE WATER GRUNTS .

Expanding on Kaplan's acclaimed Imperial Grunts, HOG PILOTS, BLUE WATER GRUNTS shifts focus to the Pacific and completes his analysis of army Special Forces and the marines, while also taking listeners into the heart of the myriad tribal cultures of the air force, surface and subsurface navies, and the regular army's Stryker brigades. This provocative and illuminating audiobook not only conveys the vast scope of America's military commitments, but also shows us astonishing and vital operations right as they unfold-from the point of view of the troops themselves. Read on the Scribd mobile app.

In this extraordinary book, Robert D. Kaplan lets readers experience up close the American military worldwide in the air, at sea, and on the ground: flying in a B-2 bomber, living on a nuclear submarine, and traveling with a Stryker brigade on missions around the world. Provided unprecedented access, Kaplan moves from destroyers off the coast of Indonesia to submarines in the central Pacific, from simulated Iraqi training grounds in Alaska to technology bases in Las Vegas, from army and marine land forces in the heart of the Sahara Desert, to air bases in Guam and Thailand and beyond. Hog Pilots, Blue Water Grunts provides not only a riveting ground-level portrait of the Global War on Terrorism on several continents, but also a gritty firsthand account of how U.S. soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen are protecting sea-lanes, providing disaster relief, contending with the military rise of China, fighting the war in Iraq, and crafting contingency plans for war with North Korea and Iran. Expanding on Kaplan’s acclaimed Imperial Grunts, the first volume of his exploration of the American military, which “offers the reader an enlightened way to understand what is happening in the world” (San Francisco Chronicle), Hog Pilots, Blue Water Grunts shifts focus to the Pacific, where emerging Asian powers present vexing diplomatic and strategic challenges to U.S. influence. In this volume, Kaplan completes his analysis of army Special Forces and the marines, while also taking readers into the heart of the myriad tribal cultures of the air force, surface and subsurface navies, and the regular army’s Stryker brigades. Kaplan goes deep into their highly technical and exotic worlds, and he tells this story through the words and perspectives of the enlisted personnel and junior officers themselves–men and women who, as he writes, have “had their national identities as Americans engraved in sharp bas-relief.” This provocative and illuminating book, like Imperial Grunts before it, not only conveys the vast scope of America’s military commitments, which rarely make it into the news, but also shows us astonishing and vital operations right as they unfold–from the point of view of the troops themselves.
Wrathmaster
I greatly enjoy reading Robert Kaplan's books. Versed in history, traveling to places that are largely impractical and with a sharp eye for detail, his books offer glimpse into political/strategic issues as well.

This book is a bit of a departure in that this book is focused more on the military members in all kinds of situations, from Marines, Army and sailors in the Navy.

This is an inherently interesting book as the book really takes the reader into areas that are ignored (or in this book being a but old) were ignored.

is the book irrelevant because it was written almost a decade ago? No absolutely not. It is still incredibly relevant because the places discussed are certainly still problems.

A really great book to read through for the interested observer that gives a scope and picture of just how vast out military commitments are and how many issues exist. Well worth reading.
Gavidor
Liked this better than his Imperial Grunts book but that is because this book covered the A-10. My favorite USAF aircraft currently in service. I like Kaplan's writing and the fact that he names enlisted who he talks with. Usually you only get the O's names and then only if they have rank. As I read this over 10 years after he wrote it, a lot has changed in how the USA is using the military and particularly Special Operations. Also the Iraq portion shows how the big boys miscalculated our involvement (hindsight is wonderful). Now with a new president, the Pacific Century will see China dominating and the US pulling back. Big Mistake
Simple fellow
As pointed out by several other reviewers, this book is a sequel to the earlier and better Imperial Grunts. Kaplan revisits some of the locales of the earlier book and reports tremendous progress in places like Columbia and the Philippines. He spends time on a nuclear carrier, a destroyer and a nuclear fast attack submarine. Those were the best parts of the book. He spends time with A 10 pilots on deployment to Thailand and provides well-deserved credit to these blue collar fighter pilots who fly the unloved but tremendously valuable attack aircraft. It was so unloved by the fighter mafia that runs the US Air Force that they were going to retire the plane. The Army, which depends on air support, and has no air wing of its own like the Marine Corp, offered to take over the plane and add it to its own air arm. The Air Force quickly restored the A 10 units to full flying status and no more was heard for a while about retiring them.

Kaplan does travel a lot and the depth of his interviews in the earlier book isn't here but it is still a good source of information about the far flung US military as it fights the savage wars of peace.
Owomed
Wonderful book about WWII. Recommended by a dear friend and graduate of the Naval Academy. I have purchased two additional copies for our Sailor son and a brother in law retired from the US Navy.

Excellent read.
Tegore
The book which preceded Hog Pilots, Blue Water Grunts (Imperial Grunts) was an informative and touching collection of snapshots of service men and women stationed on the edges of America's military map. As of this writing, I haven't finished Hog Pilots, but it's clearly cut from the same cloth. I'm profoundly grateful for the specific individuals mentioned in these books as well as their un-named brothers and sisters - all of whom faithfully serve us with ingenuity and determination. I'm also grateful that Robert Kaplan is willing to drag his 50-something bones out to these remote and dangerous places to bring these stories back to us.
MisTereO
In this work as well as the book that preceded it (Imperial Grunts: On the Ground with the American Military, from Mongolia to the Philippines to Iraq and Beyond, Robert Kaplan attempts to tell the story of young men and women that serve in the armed forces abroad. Most of the stories we hear from the media - those that are considered newsworthy - are usually about some malfeasance or something out of the ordinary. When a massacre takes place or an operation is botched, for example, it makes the news. Journalists look for these kinds of stories and readers buy them, but when it is the only story that is being told then it is unfair. Kaplan tells the other side of the story, ordinary people doing extraordinary service that usually goes unrecognized.

Kaplan spent two years embedding with units from all four services, stationed in far-flung places around the globe. He is best known for his travel writing with such works as Balkan Ghosts: A Journey Through History which has become required reading for military personnel serving in the Balkans. This new work also reads like a travel journal. It deals mainly with American soldiers, airmen, sailors, and Marines in locations such as Africa, South America, and Asia. He has been accussed of being a cheerleader, of whitewashing the truth, but he claims his motives are pure. He states that he wishes only to reveal these troops to the public as they reveal themselves to him.

The units that Kaplan embeds with are all elite (a word he uses often). Given the complex technological nature of today's military, it is no surprise that much of the military abroad is elite. And given the amount of time and money invested in each soldier, sailor, and airman, it is also obvious why we want an all volunteer military. These dedicated individuals are worlds apart from the apathetic draftees of previous generations. As an indication of how motivated they are, there are volunteer services within this voluteer service. Those with the highest test scores and so forth can volunteer for super elite service such as serving on a nuclear powered submarine. In this environment the cream of the crop can go on to challenge each other even more.

That being said, one gets the impression that Kaplan's troops are smarter, know more languages, more science and are culturally and politically more aware than any previous generation of soldier. Somehow these portraits do not mesh with Kaplan's portrayal of soldiers as humble folk issuing from rural America. Kaplan considers them the soul of the military. These people are consevative, Christian, plain spoken, with little need for intellectual niceties. They may have a fierce sense of loyalty and a willingness to die for their country, but it is difficult to see how they came to mix so seemlessly in foreign cultures, as Kaplan describes.

To speak well of these highly trained and dedicated men and women is an easy thing to do, to speak highly of their mission is quite another. Kaplan sees these elite units as performing imperial duty. (If one understands imperial loosely to mean projecting power beyond one's borders.) He envisions the American Empire in the 21st century as having a small or light footprint. The American military will be performing global security services in a quiet, behind-the-scenes fashion.

By sending in highly trained, culturally sensitive units to foreign trouble spots, one can, according to Kaplan, provide security for the entire continent of Africa for the price of a B-2 bomber. Arguably a bargain. The question is what kind of regimes will we be supporting? Kaplan says Congress will make sure they are only the good regimes. However, more often than not the criteria is whether they are friendly regimes, whether it serves American interests. One needs only to look at the Central Asian republics. The imperial grunts are outstanding, but the imperial mission will be morally hazardous.
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