Subtitled “Insights from the experiences of China, France, the United Kingdom, India, and Israel,” this book from RAND probes whether the U.S. military has something to learn from the military training establishments of what are arguably the five leading armed forces in the world, at least perceptually.
These are interesting examples, and Peking Review regulars will be as fascinated as I was with the analysis of the PLA’s training program. A military is only as good as its training establishment, doctrine, and practices, and the astute observer will learn much about the PLA from some of the hints dropped in this analysis.
My only quibble is that I would have liked to see the book a bit fuller, with examples including Singapore, Australia, South Korea, Turkey, and Germany’s Bundeswehr. This is not a shortcoming, but a wish: I really enjoyed the analysis of the covered countries, and seeing the scope expanded.