Silent Knights : Blowing the Whistle on Military Accidents and Their Cover-Ups

Silent Knights : Blowing the Whistle on Military Accidents and Their Cover-Ups

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 352 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9781574885446
  • DDC分類 900

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Over the past twenty years, more than 15,000 members of the U.S. armed forces have died in on-duty mishaps - compared with fewer than 1,000 killed by enemy action. But when such accidents occur, the military imposes a rigid code of silence. Commanders task subordinates, who are often unfamiliar with accident investigation procedures, to investigate these tragedies behind closed doors. This dysfunctional process almost guarantees that the mishap victims themselves are found to be at fault. Overlooked, and therefore uncorrected, problems soon lead to additional tragedies. From an expert who observed the system from the inside, Silent Knights reveals some of the military's best-kept secrets. Diehl explains the complex causes of military accidents in layman's terms and helps readers understand the dangers of undervaluing safety, health, ergonomics, and training in the military. He describes how cover-ups have long caused countless deaths and wasted billions of dollars while degrading defense effectiveness.NER(01): GB

Table of Contents

Foreword                                           ix
Lt. Col. John J. Nance
Acknowledgments xvii
Introduction xxi
PART I: Betrayal of Trust 1 (56)
Nexus of the Nightmare 3 (11)
First Blood 14 (10)
Deadly Debacles 24 (12)
Safety Last 36 (12)
Institutionalized Abuses 48 (9)
PART II: Flying Fiascoes 57 (74)
Beneath Human Error 59 (14)
Accepted Risk 73 (8)
Skeletons in the Closet 81 (15)
Abuse of Privilege 96 (9)
Unlearned Lessons 105 (11)
Just Plane Fun 116 (15)
PART III: Tri-Service Tragedies 131 (56)
Unfriendly Fire 133 (14)
One of the Boys 147 (16)
Anchors Awry 163 (13)
High-Tech Holocausts 176 (11)
PART IV: Wild Blue Yonder 187 (48)
Chariot of Fire 189 (16)
The Bell Tolls for Thee 205 (11)
Cheating Life 216 (9)
Accountability Run Amok 225 (10)
PART V: After the Whistle 235 (46)
Pandora's Five-Sided Box 237 (8)
Damage Control 245 (15)
A Plethora of Plagues 260 (11)
Ill Wind 271 (10)
PART VI: Righteous Remedies 281 (30)
Walls of Shame 283 (17)
Saving Private Leland 300 (11)
Notes 311 (24)
Index 335 (2)
About the Author 337