Stephen Biddle's Military Power: Explaining Victory and Defeat in Modern PDF

By Stephen Biddle

In battle, do mass and materiel topic so much? Will states with the most important, most sensible built, information-technology-rich militaries always win? the existing solution at the present time between either students and policymakers is definite. yet this can be to miss strength employment, or the doctrine and strategies in which materiel is de facto used. In a landmark reconception of conflict and struggle, this e-book offers a scientific account of ways strength employment interacts with materiel to supply genuine wrestle results. Stephen Biddle argues that strength employment is valuable to fashionable battle, turning into more and more very important for the reason that 1900 because the key to surviving ever extra deadly weaponry. Technological swap produces contrary results looking on how forces are hired; to concentration simply on materiel is therefore to chance significant error--with critical results for either coverage and scholarship.

In transparent, fluent prose, Biddle offers a scientific account of strength employment's function and indicates how this account holds up lower than rigorous, multimethod checking out. the consequences problem a large choice of normal perspectives, from present expectancies for a revolution in army affairs to mainstream scholarship in diplomacy and orthodox interpretations of contemporary army history.

Military Power may have a convincing influence on either scholarship within the box and on coverage debates over the way forward for war, the scale of the army, and the make-up of the safeguard budget.

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