Forty years of confrontation in Europe have produced a complex set of conditioned reflexes in western military thinking. With the ending of the Warsaw Pact, planning and analysis specialists have had to look again at the basic principles of war: there is no sure ground any more. The analysis of threat and response has been transformed and new patterns of likely action, such as the Gulf intervention, have been accommodated. In practical terms, this affects what is taught to both new officers and senior officers about to assume command responsibilities. The essays in The Science of War attempt to develop a broader understanding of the factors that operate at the higher levels of war, and to study the operational level of war from a general, speculative and penetrating viewpoint. Many contributors also attempt to integrate military theory and historical experience. The aim throughout is to lay down a theoretical grounding in the principles of the planning and conduct of war at the operational level, without necessarily tying it to a specific formation or scenario. The result is an authoritative collection of essays on subjects central to the study of war in the modern world, with an assessment of the likely character and vicinity of possible future wars. The Science of War marks an important stage in the reframing of operational practice for the 1990s. It will be of great interest to undergraduates, postgraduates and professionals in military history, politics and military studies.
Release on 2011-11-01 | by Britannica Educational Publishing
Strategies, Tactics, and Logistics
Author: Britannica Educational Publishing
Pubpsher: Britannica Educational Publishing
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
War, while often gruesome and devastating, can also be viewed as a science or art, involving the translation of theory into practice. Even as weapons grow in sophistication over time, war has always involved careful calculations and balancing the interests of the involved party with effective combat techniques against an enemy. This absorbing volume examines the evolution of the strategies, tactics, and logistics employed in various wars and conflicts, from ancient times to the present-day.
Containing the Modern, Established, and Approved Principles of the Theory and Practice of the Military Sciences ... Illustrated by Seventy-five Plates, on Artillery, Fortification, &c. and Remarkable Battles Fought Since the Year 1675, for the Use of Military Schools and Self-instruction ...
Release on 1817 | by Simon François baron Gay de Vernon
Composed for the Use of the Imperial Polytechnick School, and Military Schools ; and Translated for the War Department, for the Use of the Military Academy of the United States : to which is Added a Summary of the Principles and Maxims of Grand Tactics and Operations
Defense Budgeting, Military Technology, Logistics, and Combat Outcomes
Author: Michael E. O'Hanlon
Pubpsher: Princeton University Press
Category: Technology & Engineering
The U.S. military is one of the largest and most complex organizations in the world. How it spends its money, chooses tactics, and allocates its resources have enormous implications for national defense and the economy. The Science of War is the only comprehensive textbook on how to analyze and understand these and other essential problems in modern defense policy. Michael O'Hanlon provides undergraduate and graduate students with an accessible yet rigorous introduction to the subject. Drawing on a broad range of sources and his own considerable expertise as a defense analyst and teacher, he describes the analytic techniques the military uses in every crucial area of military science. O'Hanlon explains how the military budget works, how the military assesses and deploys new technology, develops strategy and fights wars, handles the logistics of stationing and moving troops and equipment around the world, and models and evaluates battlefield outcomes. His modeling techniques have been tested in Iraq and Afghanistan, including the methods he used to predict higher-than-anticipated troop fatalities in Iraq--controversial predictions that have since been vindicated. The Science of War is the definitive resource on warfare in the twenty-first century. Gives the best introduction to defense analysis available Covers defense budgeting Shows how to model and predict outcomes in war Explains military logistics, including overseas basing Examines key issues in military technology, including missile defense, space warfare, and nuclear-weapons testing Based on the author's graduate-level courses at Princeton, Columbia, and Georgetown universities
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