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Success and Failure in Limited War
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Success and Failure in Limited War: Information and Strategy in the Korean, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, and Iraq Wars

Spencer D. Bakich


Since World War II, the United States has waged multiple limited wars in regions around the world. Despite its frequent participation however, America has a mixed strategic record in these conflicts. In the Korean, Vietnam, and Iraq wars, American strategy failed either to defeat the primary opponent, prevent the war from expanding by including additional belligerents, or both. Only in the Persian Gulf War can the U.S. claim to have succeeded both militarily and diplomatically. Under what conditions are states able to design and execute limited war strategies that both militarily defeat the ... More

Keywords: information, institutions, limited war, decision-making, strategy, diplomacy, intelligence, civil-military relations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780226107684
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226107851.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Spencer D. Bakich, author