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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Since the end of the Vietnam War, more than 15,000 members of the U.S. armed forces have died in mishaps.  The vast majority of these deaths were preventable.  

The sad fact is that safety is rarely a top priority for military leaders.  When accidents occur, the investigations are often bungled, finding a scapegoat is all too common, and over-ups abound because the final Safety Investigation Board reports are classified. 

From an expert who observed the system from the inside, Silent Knights reveals some of the military's most unsettling secrets.  Dr. Alan E. 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 taxpayer's dollars while degrading defense effectiveness. Diehl calls for a new "GI Bill of Rights" that would improve the safety and health of military personnel and establish an independent agency to investigate military accidents.  This book is for anyone concerned about America's defense and the well-being of the men and women who bravely provide it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781574885446
Publisher: Potomac Books
Publication date: 01/28/2003
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Part IBetrayal of Trust1
1.Nexus of the Nightmare3
2.First Blood14
3.Deadly Debacles24
4.Safety Last36
5.Institutionalized Abuses48
Part IIFlying Fiascoes57
6.Beneath Human Error59
7.Accepted Risk73
8.Skeletons in the Closet81
9.Abuse of Privilege96
10.Unlearned Lessons105
11.Just Plane Fun116
Part IIITri-Service Tragedies131
12.Unfriendly Fire133
13.One of the Boys147
14.Anchors Awry163
15.High-Tech Holocausts176
Part IVWild Blue Yonder187
16.Chariot of Fire189
17.The Bell Tolls for Thee205
18.Cheating Life216
19.Accountability Run Amok225
Part VAfter the Whistle235
20.Pandora's Five-Sided Box237
21.Damage Control245
22.A Plethora of Plagues260
23.Ill Wind271
Part VIRighteous Remedies281
24.Walls of Shame283
25.Saving Private Leland300
About the Author337

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Silent Knights: Blowing the Whistle on Military Accidents and Their Cover-Ups 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
pwoodford on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I know Al from my USAF flight safety days. He is spot on in his criticism of the central failure of the military's accident investigation methodology: that high-ranking officers control the process and manipulate it to cover up embarrassing information or to protect the crooked contractors they plan to go to work for after retirement. Al is somewhat alarmist, however, about the day-to-day dangers of military aviation.