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In Pursuit of Military Excellence : The Evolution of Operational Theory - Shimon Naveh

In Pursuit of Military Excellence

The Evolution of Operational Theory

Paperback Published: 31st March 1997
ISBN: 9780714642772
Number Of Pages: 398

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This book offers a scientific interpretation of the field of military knowledge situated between strategy and tactics, better known as operational art', and traces the evolution of operational awareness and its culmination in a full-fledged theory. The author, a Brigadier General (ret.) in the Israeli Defence Forces and Doctor of History, King's College, London, clarifies the substance of operational art' and constructs a cognitive framework for its critical analysis. He chronicles the stages in the evolution of operational theory from the emergence of 19th-century military thought to Blitzkrieg. For the first time the Soviet theories of Deep Operations' and Strike Manoeuvre' that emerged in the 1920s and 1930 are discussed. The author argues that it is these doctrines that eventually led to the crystallization of the American Airland Battle theory, successfully implemented in the Gulf War.

Operational art and the general theory of systems
Mass and operational art - the theoretical dichotomy in 19th-century military thought
Destruction and operational art - the roots of ignorance
The "Blitzkrieg" concept - a mechanized manipulation of tactical patterns
The evolution of Soviet operational thought
The deep operation theory - "Glubokaia operatsiia"
From tactical destruction to operational manoeuvre - the conceptual revolution in American military thought
From central battle to airland battle
Afterword - Operation Desert Storm
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ISBN: 9780714642772
ISBN-10: 0714642770
Series: Cummings Center
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 398
Published: 31st March 1997
Publisher: F CASS PUBN
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.57 x 15.95  x 2.26
Weight (kg): 0.6
Edition Number: 1