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Military Strategy : A Very Short Introduction - Antulio J. Echevarria

Military Strategy

A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Published: 6th March 2017
ISBN: 9780199340132
Number Of Pages: 160

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Since ancient times, poets, historians, and philosophers have contemplated warlords' exploits in battle and praised their ability to lead armies toward victory as the "art of the general." Today, this quality is designated military strategy. Military strategy plays a vital role in every conflict, because, as the United States' involvement in the Vietnam conflict showed, when the overarching strategy is weak it is possible to win every battle but still lose a war.

Taking inspiration from the greatest military theoreticians of history, such as Sun Tzu, Niccolò Machiavelli, and Carl von Clausewitz, this Very Short Introduction highlights the dynamic relationship between the principal components of strategy: purpose, method, and means. Drawing on paradigmatic examples, from Hannibal's war against Rome to Napoleon's victory at Austerlitz, from the Allies' campaign to overwhelm Hitler's fortress to the terror attacks of September 11, Antulio J. Echevarria II vividly illustrates the factors contributing to the success or failure of military strategy.

Echevarria describes the major types of military strategy and their advantages and disadvantages: annihilation and dislocation; attrition and exhaustion; deterrence and coercion; terror and terrorism; targeted killing; and cyber power. He also explores the emerging nano- and bio-genetic technologies and explains how they are affecting today's military strategy. Clear and engaging, this book shows that military strategy is essential for understanding major events of the past and becomes even more critical today, in a world increasingly threatened by weapons of mass destruction, terrorist attacks, and new dimensions of conflict, such as cyberwar and space.

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"Antulio Echevarria, drawing on his deep knowledge of the field, provides a systematic, succinct, and incisive guide to the main themes of military strategy. Invaluable for both students and practitioners." -Lawrence Freedman, author of Strategy: A History

Prologue Chapter 1: What is Military Strategy? Chapter 2: Annihilation and Dislocation Chapter 3: Attrition and Exhaustion Chapter 4: Deterrence and Coercion Chapter 5: Terror and Terrorism Chapter 6: Decapitation and Targeted Killing Chapter 7: Cyber Power and Military Strategy Epilogue References Further Reading Index

ISBN: 9780199340132
ISBN-10: 0199340137
Series: Very Short Introductions
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 6th March 2017
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 17.4 x 11.3  x 0.9
Weight (kg): 0.1

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