Military Strategy: Principles, Practices and Historical Perspectives

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Military Strategy: Principles, Practices and Historical Perspectives

Format:  Paperback,

333 pages

Publisher: Potomac Books Inc

Publish Date: Apr 2002

ISBN-13: 9781574884302

ISBN-10: 1574884301

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Publisher: Potomac Books Inc
Publish Date: Apr 2002
ISBN-13: 9781574884302
ISBN-10: 1574884301
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 333
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.85
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 8.25 x 11.0 x 0.75

Chapter outline

List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Maps
Strategic Hierarchy
Strategic Processes
Strategic Summation
The Framework of Military Strategy
National Security Interests
Basic Attributes
Universally Valuable Interests
Variably Valuable Interests
Conflicts of Interest
Key Points
Foreign and Domestic Threats
The Conflict Spectrum
Strategic Guidance
Enemy Military Power
Intelligence Estimates
Net Assessments
Threat Assessments
Key Points
Basic Security Objectives
National Security Objectives
National Military Aims
Military Roles and Missions
Strategic Centers of Gravity
Key Points
The Primacy of Policy
Basic Policy Attributes
Civil-Military Policies
Foreign vs. Domestic Policies
Military vs. Nonmilitary Power
Strategic Bead-Stringing
Key Points
Fundamentals of Military Strategy
Strategic Starting Points
Strategic Building Blocks
Strategic Schools of Thought
Elemental Alternatives
Politico-Military Assumptions
Strategic Paths and Pitfalls
Key Points
Fundamentals of Deterrence
The Dynamics of Deterrence
Causes of Conflict
Principles of Deterrence
Deterrent Theories and Concepts
Key Points
War-Fighting Fundamentals
Principles of War
Premier War-Fighting Policies
War-Fighting Theories and Concepts
Conflict Termination
Key Points
Fundamentals of Military Preparedness
Readiness vs. Sustainability
Principles of Preparedness
Present Preparedness
Future Preparedness
Key Points
Fundamentals of Arms Control
Arms Control Aims
Quantitative Restrictions
Qualitative Limitations
Negotiating Techniques
Compliance Problems
Key Points
Specialized Military Strategies
Counterproliferation Strategies
Causes of Proliferation
Intelligence Indicators
Current Outlook
Key Points
Nuclear Warfare Strategies
The Nature of Nuclear Warfare
Nuclear Arms Control
Nuclear Deterrent Strategies
Nuclear War-Fighting Strategies
Nuclear War Termination Strategies
Key Points
Biological and Chemical Warfare Strategies
Biological and Chemical Weapons
Biological and Chemical Arms Control
Biological Warfare Strategies
Chemical Warfare Strategies
Needs for Creative Concepts
Key Points
Traditional Forces and Strategies
Complementary Force Contributions
Comparative Force Postures
Traditional Deterrence
Traditional War Fighting
Nuclear Warfare Nexus
Traditional Warfare Fulcrum
Key Points
Insurgency Strategies
The Nature of Insurgencies
Revolutionary Warfare
Resistance Movements
Traditional Warfare Nexus
Key Points
Counterinsurgency Strategies
The Nature of Counterinsurgency
Anti-Underground Strategies
Counterguerrilla Strategies
Pacification Programs
Prescriptions for Success
Key Points
Sociopolitical Terrorism
The Nature of Sociopolitical Terrorism
Atypical Terrorists
Typical Terrorist Organizations
Terrorist Tools
Terrorist Targets and Tactics
Sponsorship and Support
Key Points
Counterterrorism Strategies
The Nature of Counterterrorism
Participants and Control
Overarching Issues
Deterrent Dilemmas
Defensive Counterterrorism
Offensive Counterterrorism
Democratic Constraints
Key Points
Nonlethal Warfare Strategies
The Nature of Nonlethal Warfare
Political Warfare
Economic Warfare
Technological Warfare
Psychological Warfare
Cybernetic Warfare
Key Points
Coalition Warfare Strategies
Collective Security Incentives
Collective Security Choices
Compatibility Prospects
Formal and Informal Coalitions
Command and Control
Respective Contributions
Requirements for Review
Key Points
Keys to Strategic Superiority
Strategic Trailblazers
Illustrative Role Models
Coveted Characteristics
Composite Requirements
Key Points
Strategic Stepping-Stones
Creative Environments
Strategic Education
Strategic Research
Key Points
Applied Strategies
Balkan Tar-Babies
Politico-Military Backdrop
Peacekeeping in Bosnia
Peacemaking in Kosovo
Strategic Critiques
Intervention Checklist
Key Points
Final Reflections
Strategic Terminology
A Bookshelf for Military Strategists
About the Author

Book description

John M. Collins has distilled the wisdom of history's great military minds to tutor readers on the necessary intellectual skills to win not only battles but also wars. He illuminates practices that worked well or poorly in the past, together with reasons why. He discusses national security interests, strategic building blocks, military strategies across the conflict spectrum, methods for developing talent and strategic acumen, and recent case studies that put principles into practice.

Collins never tells readers what to think, but in Military Strategy he provides them with the intellectual tools to think for themselves. Written in a clear, straightforward style, this book will appeal to officers, policy-makers, students, and the public.

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