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By Elinor C. Sloan

This textbook presents a coherent creation to post-Cold struggle and post-9/11 army conception for upper-level scholars looking an preliminary realizing of strategic studies.

In the modern interval there was major and growing to be curiosity between scholars approximately overseas defense concerns. whereas many guides specialise in one specific point of army technique, there's no unmarried quantity that gives a entire but available review of strategic suggestion during this new period.

Modern army Strategy will fill this hole within the literature, with chapters at the behavior of battle in all the naval, land, air, house and cyber dimensions, and on nuclear method, and abnormal struggle and counterinsurgency. The textual content concludes by way of determining crosscutting developments, statements, and rules that could shape the foundation of a contemporary, basic idea of war.

This publication can be crucial interpreting for college kids of strategic experiences, struggle stories and army historical past, and hugely urged for college students of safety reports and diplomacy in general.

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This resulted in a significant degree of strategic thinking about the role and utility of airpower. This chapter examines contemporary strategic thought in the air dimension. It begins by highlighting the key ideas of Guilio Douhet, and touches on various critiques of his thinking. It then examines new ideas about airpower, some of which can be viewed through the prism of Douhet’s framework and many of which are substantively new. Notable post-Cold War airpower theorists, all civilian scholars but some with military backgrounds, include Stephen Biddle, James Corum, Benjamin Lambeth and Robert Pape, among others.

Notable contributions were also made by the Pentagon and the US Army in official government documents. Taken together, post-Cold War strategic thought on landpower in conventional war reveals a theory of landpower that might contain the following tenets: conventional landpower is best employed using smaller, more mobile units that are dispersed on the battlefield and linked together through information technology; conventional land battles will feature simultaneous and synchronized operations that are nonlinear in nature; massed effects can be achieved using information and precision technologies, thereby reducing the footprint (and therefore vulnerability) of ground forces; conventional ground war is a joint endeavor with land forces closely linked to other elements of the joint force; advanced technologies dramatically improve the land force commander’s ability to “see over the next hill,” but they cannot eliminate the fog and friction of war; and decision making will be pushed to lower echelons, increasing the importance of a strategic understanding of warfare at the junior and non-commissioned officer level.

There was also significant strategic thinking about counterinsurgency, low-intensity conflict, and wars of liberation, notably by Mao Tse-tung, founder of the People’s Republic of China and French scholar David Galula (see Chapter 5). What is of interest here is new ideas with respect to conventional landpower that emerged toward the end of the Cold War period. The notion of “AirLand battle,” especially, was a forerunner to contemporary strategic thought on the employment of conventional landpower.

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