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Afghanistan and the Nature of Future Conflicts

Kaushik Roy

in War and Society in Afghanistan: From the Mughals to the Americans, 1500–2013

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780198099109
eISBN:
9780199085286
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198099109.003.0005
Subject:
History, Asian History

Discussion about the nature of warfare in Afghanistan is related with several bigger inter-related debates in the field of military history. First, is the world witnessing a Military Revolution, or a ... More


Committees: January 10–12, 1861

Timothy B. Smith

in The Mississippi Secession Convention: Delegates and Deliberations in Politics and War, 1861-1865

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9781628460971
eISBN:
9781626740563
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628460971.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

This chapter examines the formation of the various committees of the newly formed sovereign state of Mississippi, and the problems that followed the creation of those committees. Following the ... More


MR. RUMSFELD’S WAR: Transformation, Doctrine, and “Phase IV” Planning for Iraq

David Fitzgerald

in Learning to Forget: US Army Counterinsurgency Doctrine and Practice from Vietnam to Iraq

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780804785815
eISBN:
9780804786423
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804785815.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, Conflict Politics and Policy

This chapter examines how Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s quest for ‘transformation’ of the US defense establishment affected Army approaches to counterinsurgency and what was now known as ... More


The Rise of Military Transformation

Frans Osinga

in A Transformation Gap?: American Innovations and European Military Change

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804763776
eISBN:
9780804781800
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804763776.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, Conflict Politics and Policy

This chapter describes the rise of military transformation in detail. It specifically reviews the rise of Military Transformation in both the United States and European contexts. Desert Storm can be ... More


Economics and Military History in the Twenty-first Century

in Castles, Battles, & Bombs: How Economics Explains Military History

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226071633
eISBN:
9780226071657
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226071657.003.0008
Subject:
History, Military History

In each case taken up in this book, economic principles were found to be a useful tool by which to parse military history. Economics cannot explain everything, but the extent to which its principles ... More


Ceremony: January 14–15, 1861

Timothy B. Smith

in The Mississippi Secession Convention: Delegates and Deliberations in Politics and War, 1861-1865

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9781628460971
eISBN:
9781626740563
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628460971.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

This chapter describes the “formal withdrawal” of the state of Mississippi from the Federal Union, as the delegates of the Mississippi Secession Convention started to work on the various committees' ... More


War Without Chance: Something Better Than War

David Betz

in Carnage and Connectivity: Landmarks in the Decline of Conventional Military Power

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780190264857
eISBN:
9780190618513
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190264857.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, Conflict Politics and Policy

This chapter traces the efforts of armed forces to eliminate chance in warfare through the use of electronic systems and information technology. It explains why these efforts have proved fruitless ... More


Innovating in the Defense Sector

William B. Bonvillian and Charles Weiss

in Technological Innovation in Legacy Sectors

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780199374519
eISBN:
9780199374540
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199374519.003.0008
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Microeconomics

The US military has overcome its legacy features and imperfections and has made revolutionary innovations in key technological areas. The individual services—the army, navy, and air force—behave as ... More


The Counterrevolution in Strategic Affairs

Lawrence Freedman

in The Modern American Military

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
February 2015
ISBN:
9780199895946
eISBN:
9780190252663
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199895946.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

Claims from the 1990s about a revolution or transformation in military affairs are assessed in light of the experience of the 2000s in Iraq and Afghanistan. The importance of considering political as ... More


Conduct and Cases

James Gow

in War and War Crimes: The Military, Legitimacy and Success in Armed Conflict

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780199327027
eISBN:
9780199388127
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199327027.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, Conflict Politics and Policy

This chapter takes a look at strategy and military affairs when considering situations of war crimes. Its main concern is the possible thoughts of military personnel when dealing with accusations of ... More


Weapons: The Growth and Spread of the Precision-Strike Regime

Thomas G. Mahnken

in The Modern American Military

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
February 2015
ISBN:
9780199895946
eISBN:
9780190252663
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199895946.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

For two decades, scholars and practitioners have argued that the world is experiencing a revolution in military affairs (RMA) brought on by the development and diffusion of precision-strike and ... More


The Revolution in Military Affairs and Strategic Thought in the US Military, 1991–2003

Peter R. Mansoor

in Landpower in the Long War: Projecting Force After 9/11

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780813177571
eISBN:
9780813177588
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813177571.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, Conflict Politics and Policy

A recurring theme of post-World War II US military history is the fixation of American policy-makers on technological solutions to strategic challenges. In the wake of the 1991 victory in the Gulf ... More


Armaments Developments Since the Cold War

David Stevenson

in Arms Races in International Politics: From the Nineteenth to the Twenty-First Century

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780198735267
eISBN:
9780191799471
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198735267.003.0013
Subject:
History, Political History

Armaments development since the end of the Cold War can be characterized as an unfolding competition between the ability to project power, on the one hand, and deny access, on the other. One of the ... More


American Strategic Culture: Problems and Prospects

Antulio J. Echevarria II

in The Changing Character of War

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780199596737
eISBN:
9780191803543
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199596737.003.0024
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory, International Relations and Politics

This chapter examines the concept of American strategic culture and what is assumed to be its ‘subset and product’ — the American way of war. Scholars have yet to reach a consensus on a set of ... More


How not to go there: 1 Henry VI as prequel and alternative ending

Peter Lake

in How Shakespeare Put Politics on the Stage: Power and Succession in the History Plays

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780300222715
eISBN:
9780300225662
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300222715.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter focuses on 1 Henry VI. Some critics see it as the first part of a trilogy. Others have identified it as a sort of prequel, written after the success of the plays that have become known ... More


The U.S. Armed Forces’ View of War

Brian McAllister Linn

in The Modern American Military

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
February 2015
ISBN:
9780199895946
eISBN:
9780190252663
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199895946.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

Many military analysts now argue that the challenges of Iraq and Afghanistan have prompted a paradigm shift within the U.S. armed forces. They believe that technocentric formulaic concepts of ... More


Overestimate Yourself, Underestimate Your Enemy, Never Know Victory

David Betz

in Carnage and Connectivity: Landmarks in the Decline of Conventional Military Power

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780190264857
eISBN:
9780190618513
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190264857.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, Conflict Politics and Policy

This chapter argues against the intrinsic validity of the syllogism “knowledge is power” in military affairs. It critiques theories of “dominant battlespace knowledge” and the parallel belief in the ... More


Pro Patria Mori: Remembering the Regiment

Peter Donaldson

in Remembering the South African War: Britain and the Memory of the Anglo-Boer War, from 1899 to the Present

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9781846319686
eISBN:
9781781381038
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781846319686.003.0003
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This chapter will move the discussion on to the military world. Here there was a long tradition of memorial construction from which to draw. Yet, with the public’s interest and involvement in ... More


Fire, Brimstone, and John Foster Dulles

Nancy Bernkopf Tucker

in The China Threat: Memories, Myths, and Realities in the 1950s

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231159241
eISBN:
9780231528191
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231159241.003.0003
Subject:
History, Political History

This chapter argues that John Foster Dulles was neither the fanatic that detractors have suggested nor the sole architect of U.S. foreign policy in the 1950s as claimed by his admirers. Dulles and ... More


Translator's Note

Gordon M. Sayre

in The Memoir of Lieutenant Dumont, 1715–1747: A Sojourner in the French Atlantic

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807837221
eISBN:
9781469608662
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9780807837221.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

This section of the book gives a translator's perspective on Dumont's memoir and looks at the tone and language with which it was written. Dumont kept an elevated tone appropriate to the dignity of ... More


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