A Communication Perspective on the Military brings into focus the challenge of sense-making in the war state. How do military family members talk to one another about the stress of deployment on their lives? How do media - old and new - render the costs of war meaningful? How is the narrative of war rhetorically constructed? The dynamics of military family transactions, media-military relations, and war rhetoric reveal, reinforce, and may even disrupt US war culture. Offering close analysis and thoughtful critique, this book reflects upon the ways the meaning of war is communicated in private lives, social relations, and public affairs. The collection highlights three broad areas of concern: communication in the military family; the military in the media; and rhetoric surrounding the military. Katheryn Maguire, Roger Stahl, and Gordon Mitchell introduce each section with overarching and integrative literature reviews that offer directions for the field. Each section includes six chapters reporting the latest research and offering suggestions for practical applications. The book is a must-have reference for military and communication scholars and an ideal text for graduate seminars and upper division undergraduate courses focusing on communication and the military.
There are scads of books written about military leadership, or act of heroism so great they are deserving of their own manuscript. This is not one of those books. This book is about the moments that made us laugh along the way. These are the times that built morale, helped us cope, and otherwise helped make the in between times bearable. What do we mean by the funny moments? Well, have you ever sent a brand new Private to the Supply Sergeant looking for dehydrated water, or a personalized body bag? We have. Have you ever planned a prank that backfired? We have. Have you ever put together a prank that took advanced planning, time, trouble, and precision to execute? When that prank took place did people have to leave a dining hall because they were laughing too hard? These are the stories of what happens when guys spend too much time together and start to act like, well, guys. These are the times we pranked someone with ether (yes the anesthetic), the times we made the new Private do things just to see if he would...in other words this is what happens when boys are boys and they have too much time on their hands. We do hope you enjoy reading them as much as we enjoyed living them.
You can't handle the truth. These iconic words, bellowed by Jack Nicholson as Colonel Jessup in the 1992 movie A Few Good Men, became an emblem of the conflict between honor and truth that the collective imagination often considers the quintessence of military justice. The military is the rare part of contemporary society that enjoys the privilege of policing its own members' behavior, with special courts and a separate body of rules. Whether one is for or against this system, military trials are fascinating and little understood. This book opens a window on the military judicial system, offering an accessible and balanced assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of military legal regimes around the world. It illuminates US military justice through a comparison with civilian and foreign models for the administration of justice, with a particular emphasis on the UK and Canadian military justice systems. Drawing on his experience as a serving officer, private practitioner, and law professor, Eugene R. Fidell presents a hard-hitting tour of the field, exploring military justice trends across different countries and compliance (or lack thereof) with contemporary human rights standards. He digs into critical issues such as the response to sexual assault in the armed forces, the challenges of protecting judicial independence, and the effect of social media and modern technology on age-old traditions of military discipline. A rich series of case studies, ranging from examples of misconduct, such as the devastating Abu Ghraib photos, to political tangles, such as the Guantanamo military commissions, throw light on the high profile and occasionally obscure circumstances that emerge from today's military operations around the world. As Fidell's account shows, by understanding the mechanism of military justice we can better comprehend the political values of a country.
A must read for those searching for more than an ordinary life "The Less than Private Diary is filled with heart breaking honesty, wet-yourself hilarity and surprising amounts of inspirational guidance." *formally titled The Journal #1 Best Selling Contemporary Romance Not quite the happily ever after I was looking for. Two words? Monumentally Dumped. So now what? Heartbreak, Sauvignon Blanc and copious amounts of chocolate ice cream - goes without saying. Throw in a few dating disasters, solo world travelling misadventures and now we're talking. And believe me, I didn't sign up for this journey. You could say I accidently stumbled along the path of self-discovery, just as I accidently stumbled into bed with the wrong man... Plural: Men Mistakes were made, but so too, were great memories. You see, big dreams require big hearts - and all I had to do was learn how to piece mine back together again. A broken heart, it seems, is the best place to start... What People Are Saying About The Private Diary "The Private Diary is a story of one Woman's journey through pain and into love. I wept; I laughed; I was awed by the wisdom this beautiful piece of writing contains. If you want to 'wake-up' and start living the life of your dreams, read this book..." Rebecca O'Dwyer, Centred Woman "Bridget Jones eat your heart out. The Private is a collection of memoirs depicting a woman navigating through life, love and lustre. Some stories are shared in prose and others in poetry but they are finely balanced to make a diverse and entertaining read. The Journal is quite simply, beautifully written." Carly Evans, author of The Little Welsh Wanderer "A.M Rees's talent for poetry is apparent in this beautiful story of a young woman's journey to find herself and eventually, honest love. In an unusual combination of emotive poetry and colloquial prose, The Private Diary is an insightful view of the emotional upheaval that the woman faces and conquers, in her quest for self-knowledge, independence and genuine love." Debbie Miles, The Athena Network A Message from your Author Life should be an adventure - this is the most important theme within The Private Diary. It encourages you to question your path, especially after heartbreak, personal loss or depression - whatever your age or background. We all know that life is not always a fairy tale. But I believe the gallant women who discovery their inner bravery, and learn to fight the battles residing in the secret chambers of their hearts - will become the heroines of their own lives. I hope the Private Diary provides a little bit of this magical bravery for anyone searching for more than just an ordinary life... A Life Changing Read? "Sometimes a book comes along that changes you for the better in a very painless way. I joke that my favourite hobby is personal and spiritual development, or the path to enlightenment, and I read a lot of books that promise to alter my perspective and increase my self-awareness. This unassuming little book takes you by the hand and leads you on a journey through your emotions. For me it was a gentle and delightful process. I wish more people would write useful books that help us make the most of ourselves while keeping a light heart about it."
This short history is the first broad and selective survey of the phenomenon known as jointness--the co-operative operations of land and naval forces until the twentieth-century and of land, sea, and air forces since World War I. Touching on operational, doctrinal, and political dimensions, the survey ranges from the ancient Mediterranean to recent times while focusing on European and American experiences from the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries, including Desert Storm. Illustrative cases and reference materials are attuned to the interests of scholars, defense analysts, and students of military affairs. Jointness, subject of major concern to military historians, policymakers, politicians, and military professionals has in the past been covered within certain periods on a case by case or topical basis. This history begins instead with a broad survey from ancient to modern times and then focuses more closley on joint operations since World War I with wide-ranging examples to illustrate trends and patterns of Jointness. The survey closes with a discussion of the central problem of friction and other paradoxes connected with joint military operations. A selected bibliography provides an array of sources both for general readers and military professionals. Maps and appendices further enrich this important history.
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