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Theory of warfare & military science

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Amphibious Assault

Amphibious Assault

Author: Dr Ian Speller, Dr Christopher Tuck Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/2021

Landing on a hostile beach is one of the most ancient forms and still most difficult forms of warfare. It requires unparalleled levels of planning, organisation, coordination and cooperation between the services. After the disasters of Gallipoli and Zeebrugge in the World War I, amphibious operations reached their maturity in World War II, and were essential in the defeat of Japan, while the D-Day landings signaled the beginning of the end for Hitler. Since 1945, myriad expeditionary naval forces have set off for a wide range of destinations, including Korea, Vietnam, the Falkland Islands, Grenada, the Balkans and Iraq in 2003. In the post-Cold War era, amphibious warfare has reached new heights of importance in its ability to intervene rapidly in crisis situations. Rather than following a narrative history, Amphibious Warfare takes the unique approach of building up the different stages of an amphibious campaign chapter by chapter, illustrating each with case studies. From planning and preparation to reaching landing zones, from beachhead consolidation to securing a target, Amphibious Warfare offers the complete picture of the people, strategy and tactics, ships and landing craft, tanks and aircraft, as well as the assaults involved. Illustrated with more than 150 photographs and including a colour plate section of more than 40 artworks, Amphibious Warfare is the complete guide to a form of conflict of increasing relevance to the modern world.

Analyzing the Causes of War

Analyzing the Causes of War

Author: Jack S. (Rutgers University, New Brunswick, USA) Levy Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

This volume is a collection of some of the most influential essays by Jack Levy on the causes of interstate war. These studies focus on the role of power in the international system, the domestic sources of security policy and war, and the psychology of decision-making. Among the themes uniting all of these studies is that there are patterns in the processes leading to interstate wars, that these patterns are complex, and that an understanding of war requires rigorous theory and that a key prerequisite of theory is conceptual clarity. The focus is on theoretical essays on war and on decision-making in security policy. These essays involve the critique and reconceptualization of major theories of war. For each theory, the author engages in the conceptual clarification of key variables, the identification of the varied causal paths through which each shapes decisions for war and peace, the analytical limitations of the theory, and the methodological hurdles confronting valid empirical tests of the theory. The volume begins with a substantial introductory chapter. Each subsequent chapter begins with a brief introduction, and ends with an annotated bibliographic note that identifies important subsequent work on the topic, and includes a complete set of references. The chapters are organized by a levels-of-analysis framework. It begins with four chapters focusing on power dynamics at the systemic or dyadic levels, including balance of power theory, power transition theory, theories of preventive war, and offense-defense theory. It then turns to the diversionary theory of war, a leading societal-level theory focusing on domestic incentives for adventurous foreign policies. Next are three studies focusing on individual-level, psychological sources of security policy, including misperception, learning, and risk propensity (in the form of prospect theory). The concluding chapter attempts to survey the current state of the art in the study of the causes of interstate war, and identifies some of the major unanswered questions and suggests a number of fruitful paths for future research. This book will be of much interest to students of the causes of war, quantitative methods, war and conflict studies, international relations and security studies.

The Rise and Fall of Network-Centric Warfare

The Rise and Fall of Network-Centric Warfare

Author: Manabrata (University of Bath, UK) Guha Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

The Rise and Fall of Network Centric Warfare is an account of how an ambitious theory of war emerged at the dawn of the 21st Century, and how it fared on the battlefield (principally in Afghanistan and Iraq). Simultaneously, it is also an account of how revolutionary military concepts emerge, the difficulties that they face when attempts are made to reinterpret them in specific ways and to apply them in haste in active battlefields, and the insights that they yield into how the problematic of future war is addressed. The work consists of two narrative themes that run simultaneously and which are inextricably bound to each other. The first has a three-fold objective: first, to trace the ontogenetic and phylogenetic processes by means of which Network-centric Warfare (NCW) as a new theory of war emerged; second, to highlight the critiques and resistance that this theory of war faced in US and global strategic-military and military-bureaucratic circles and the underlying rationale that fuelled such critiques and resistance; third, to examine how this theory of war - construed in a predominantly techno-instrumentalist sense - was applied in active military operations (principally in Afghanistan and Iraq). The second narrative also has a three-fold objective. First, to examine the impact of information and communication technologies on theorizing war and in the formulation of emergent strategic-military postures; Second, to identify and explicate the performative contradiction that this theory of war inherited from preceding discussions on the Revolution in Military Affairs; third, to posit the concept of NCW (and its subsequent theorization) as a revolutionary military concept that carries with it the potential to not simply impact the conduct of war, but to also influence how the future of war may be imagined. This book will be of much interest to students of military theory, strategic studies, war and conflict studies, critical security studies, and IR in general.

Analyzing the Causes of War

Analyzing the Causes of War

Author: Jack S. (Rutgers University, New Brunswick, USA) Levy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2021

This volume is a collection of some of the most influential essays by Jack Levy on the causes of interstate war. These studies focus on the role of power in the international system, the domestic sources of security policy and war, and the psychology of decision-making. Among the themes uniting all of these studies is that there are patterns in the processes leading to interstate wars, that these patterns are complex, and that an understanding of war requires rigorous theory and that a key prerequisite of theory is conceptual clarity. The focus is on theoretical essays on war and on decision-making in security policy. These essays involve the critique and reconceptualization of major theories of war. For each theory, the author engages in the conceptual clarification of key variables, the identification of the varied causal paths through which each shapes decisions for war and peace, the analytical limitations of the theory, and the methodological hurdles confronting valid empirical tests of the theory. The volume begins with a substantial introductory chapter. Each subsequent chapter begins with a brief introduction, and ends with an annotated bibliographic note that identifies important subsequent work on the topic, and includes a complete set of references. The chapters are organized by a levels-of-analysis framework. It begins with four chapters focusing on power dynamics at the systemic or dyadic levels, including balance of power theory, power transition theory, theories of preventive war, and offense-defense theory. It then turns to the diversionary theory of war, a leading societal-level theory focusing on domestic incentives for adventurous foreign policies. Next are three studies focusing on individual-level, psychological sources of security policy, including misperception, learning, and risk propensity (in the form of prospect theory). The concluding chapter attempts to survey the current state of the art in the study of the causes of interstate war, and identifies some of the major unanswered questions and suggests a number of fruitful paths for future research. This book will be of much interest to students of the causes of war, quantitative methods, war and conflict studies, international relations and security studies.

The Art of War

The Art of War

Author: Sun Tzu Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/11/2020

Flying Through American History

Flying Through American History

Author: James Casey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/11/2020

Deciding in the Dark

Deciding in the Dark

Author: Vincent Desportes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/10/2020

Recent military operations have demonstrated that even themost sophisticated twenty-first century technologies do not enable commanders to be perfectly informed, act with certainty, prevent disorder, or avoid unforeseen situations. Therefore, military leaders must learn to elaborate and conduct actions while accepting uncertainty. In Deciding in the Dark, Major General Vincent Desportes gives military and civilian leaders essential keys for success in action. General Desportes believes that consistent victory relies on two basic principles: a belief in man and the flexibility of systems. He proposes that commanders be given an established freedom of action that allows them to take initiatives and adapt quickly to changing conditions during a mission. It is also critical that the military systems they work within are simple and flexible enough to allow for easy adaptation to the changing environment. This book offers a universal approach of great interest to all who are involved in war, in whatever environment, and who are constantly confronted by the unexpected.

Strategic Thinking

Strategic Thinking

Author: Philip Windsor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/10/2020

Here, Philip Windsor explores the emergence, meaning, and significance of the Cold War mentality. Tracing the evolution of strategic thinking from its origins in medieval Europe to the demise of the Cold War, he considers the peculiar character and autonomy that strategy acquired in the nuclear age. Windsor is concerned with changes in our understanding of war and strategy - changes, he argues, that resulted less from technological innovation per se than from the combined effects of technological, social, and political transformations. This process culminated in the nuclear age, when strategic thinking became self-referring and self-legitimating and strategic considerations emerged as the decisive force in the conduct of the politics of states and blocs . The book addresses many of the themes that preoccupied Windsor throughout his academic career and on which his reflections threw such penetrating light: Soviet strategic thought, arms control, the role of alliances, the guerilla phenomenon, and the rationality and ethics of nuclear deterrence. The final chapter explores the implications of the end of the Cold War for the future of strategic studies.

Scales on War

Scales on War

Author: Bob Scales Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/10/2020

Scales on War is a collection of ideas, concepts, and observations aboutcontemporary war taken from over thirty years of research, writing, andpersonal experience by retired Major General Bob Scales. Scales' unique styleof writing utilizes contemporary military history, current events, and hisphilosophy of ground warfare to create a very personal and expansive view ofthe future direction of American defense policies. Each chapter in the book addresses a distinct topic facing the upcomingprospects of America's military, including tactical ground warfare, future gazing,the draft, and the role of women in the infantry. Fusing all of these topicstogether is Scales' belief that, throughout its history, the United States hasfavored a technological approach to fighting its wars and has neglected itsground forces. Scales on War shows that, as a result of America's focus on winning wars withtechnology rather than people, America's enemies have learned how to winbattles by defeating such technology. As a well-known warfare expert, Scalesdemonstrates how only a resurgent land force of Army and Marine small unitswill restore America's fighting competence.

Just War

Just War

Author: Richard J. Regan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/10/2020

Bringing just war doctrine to life, Richard J. Regan raises a host of difficult questions about the evils of war, asking first and foremost whether war is ever justified, and, if so, for what purposes? Regan considers the basic principles of just war theory and applies those principles to historical and ongoing conflicts through case studies and discussion questions. His well-received 1996 work is updated with the addition of case studies on Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and Islamist terrorist organizations. Especially timely are the added discussions of the use of drones to assassinate terrorist leaders and, in the matter of weapons of mass destruction, asking how certain is certain enough that a country has weapons of mass destruction before it can be justly attacked? Regan considers the roles of the president, Congress, and the U.N. Security Council in determining when long-term U.S. military involvement is justified.

The Inheritance

The Inheritance

Author: Mara E. Karlin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/10/2020

Exploring how the U.S. military can move beyond Iraq and Afghanistan.Since the September 11, 2001, attacks, the U.S. military has been fighting incessantly in conflicts around the globe, but with inconclusive results. The legacy of this long involvement in war without end includes a military that is bitter and frustrated. The public is disinterested. The national security apparatus seeks to pivot away from these engagements and to move on to the next threats - notably those emanating from China and Russia. At best there are ad hoc, unstructured debates about Iraq or Afghanistan. Many young Americans question whether it even makes sense to invest in the military. Simply put, there has been no serious, organized stocktaking by the public, politicians, opinion leaders, or the military itself of this inheritance. Despite its lengthy warfighting experience and high-technology weapons, the military is woefully unprepared for future wars because of this conflicted legacy and uncertainty about the future security environment. But the United States cannot simply hit the reset button.If the U.S. military seeks to win in the future, it must acknowledge and reconcile with the inheritance of its long and failed wars. This book seeks to help them do so.

Enduring Battle

Enduring Battle

Author: Christopher H. Hamner Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/10/2020

Throughout history, battlefields have placed a soldier's instinct for self-preservation in direct opposition to the army's insistence that he do his duty and put himself in harm's way. Enduring Battle looks beyond advances in weaponry to examine changes in warfare at the very personal level. Drawing on the combat experiences of American soldiers in three widely separated wars-the Revolution, the Civil War, and World War II-Christopher Hamner explores why soldiers fight in the face of terrifying lethal threats and how they manage to suppress their fears, stifle their instincts, and marshal the will to kill other humans. Hamner contrasts the experience of infantry combat on the ground in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, when soldiers marched shoulder-to-shoulder in linear formations, with the experiences of dispersed infantrymen of the mid-twentieth century. Earlier battlefields prized soldiers who could behave as stoic automatons; the modern dispersed battlefield required soldiers who could act autonomously. As the range and power of weapons removed enemies from view, combat became increasingly depersonalized, and soldiers became more isolated from their comrades and even imagined that the enemy was targeting them personally. What's more, battles lengthened so that exchanges of fire that lasted an hour during the Revolutionary War became round-the-clock by World War II. The book's coverage of training and leadership explores the ways in which military systems have attempted to deal with the problem of soldiers' fear in battle and contrasts leadership in the linear and dispersed tactical systems. Chapters on weapons and comradeship then discuss soldiers' experiences in battle and the relationships that informed and shaped those experiences. Hamner highlights the ways in which the band of brothers phenomenon functioned differently in the three wars and shows that training, conditioning, leadership, and other factors affect behavior much more than political ideology. He also shows how techniques to motivate soldiers evolved, from the linear system's penalties for not fighting to modern efforts to convince soldiers that participation in combat would actually maximize their own chances for survival. Examining why soldiers continue to fight when their strong instinct is to flee, Enduring Battle challenges long-standing notions that high ideals and small unit bonds provide sufficient explanation for their behavior. Offering an innovative way to analyze the factors that enable soldiers to face the prospect of death or debilitating wounds, it expands our understanding of the evolving nature of warfare and its warriors.