Andrew Marshall is a
Pentagon legend. For more than four decades he has served as Director of the
Office of Net Assessment, the Pentagon’s internal think tank, under twelve
defense secretaries and eight administrations. Yet Marshall has been on the
cutting edge of strategic thinking even longer than that. At the Rand Corporation during its golden age in the 1950s and early 1960s, Marshall helped
formulate bedrock concepts of US nuclear strategy that endure to this day;
later, at the Pentagon, he pioneered the development of “net assessment”—a new
analytic framework for understanding the long-term military competition between
the United States and the Soviet Union. Following the Cold War, Marshall
successfully used net assessment to anticipate emerging disruptive shifts in
military affairs, including the revolution in precision warfare and the rise of
China as a major strategic rival of the United States.
In The Last Warrior,
Andrew Krepinevich and Barry Watts—both former members of Marshall’s
staff—trace Marshall’s intellectual development from his upbringing in Detroit
during the Great Depression to his decades in Washington as an influential
behind-the-scenes advisor on American defense strategy. The result is a unique
insider’s perspective on the changes in US strategy from the dawn of the Cold
War to the present day.
Covering some of the most
pivotal episodes of the last half century and peopled with some of the era’s
most influential figures, The Last Warrior tells Marshall’s story for
the first time, in the process providing an unparalleled history of the
evolution of the American defense establishment. Download and start listening now!