This volume presents a number of case studies of military advisors and missions in order to provide clear historical examples of the evolution, functioning and motives of foreign military advising in the modern era.
Containing essays by US contributors covering a wide range of countries and spanning nearly 200 years of history, the case studies show the evolution of foreign military advising from ill-organized mercenary units, to professional, government-sponsored teams driven by a desire to cultivate political and economic influence, to Cold War tools for pursuing ideological aims, nation building, and modernization, to post-Cold War elements of alliance integration. Finally, the book highlights the increasing present-day role of private corporations, some of which provide complete military forces, thereby bringing the evolution of foreign military advising full circle.
This book will be of interest to students of military history, civil-military relations, peacekeeping, security studies and political science in general.
Table of Contents
1. The History and Evolution of Foreign Military Advising and Assistance, 1815-2007 Donald Stoker 2. Missions or Mercenaries? European Military Advisors in Mehmed Ali’s Egypt, 1815-1848 John Dunn 3. The Impact of Foreign Advisors on Chile’s Armed Forces, 1810-2005 William F. Sater 4. Buying Influence, Selling Arms, Undermining a Friend: The French Naval Mission to Poland and the Development of the Polish Navy, 1923-32 Donald Stoker 5. Uneasy Intelligence Collaboration, Genuine Ill Will, with an Admixture of Ideology: The British Military Mission to the Soviet Union, 1941-45 Alaric Searle 6. American Advisors to the Republic of Korea: America’s First Commitment in the Cold War, 1946-1950 Bryan Gibby 7. The French-Algerian War: Communist China’s Support for Algerian Independence Donovan Chau 8. Relegated to the Backseat: Farm Gate and the Failure of the Air Advisory Effort in South Vietnam, 1961-1963 Edward B. Westermann 9. Ruminations of a Woolly Mammoth, or Training and Advising in Counterinsurgency and Elsewhere during the Cold War John D. Waghelstein 10. “Imperial Grunts” Revisited: The US Advisory Effort in Columbia Douglas Porch and Christopher Muller 11. ‘Training the New Afghan Tank Force – A Multi-National Advisory Mission, 2 June 2003 – 3 December 2003 Jon Byrom 12. The Evolution of Combined USMC/Iraqi Army (IA) Operations: A Company Commander’s Perspective, Fallujah, Iraq, September 2005 – April 2006 William Grube 13. A Justified Heaping of the Blame? An Assessment of Privately Supplied Security Sector Training and Reform in Iraq – 2003-2005 and Beyond Christopher Spearin 14. The Transformation of Private Military Training Patrick Cullen
Donald Stoker is Professor of Strategy and Policy for the US Naval War College’s Monterey Program. He is the author of Britain, France, and the Naval Arms Trade in the Baltic, 1919-1939: Grand Strategy and Failure (Frank Cass, 2003).