How a new understanding of warfare can help the military fight today’s conflicts more effectively The way wars are fought has changed starkly over the past sixty years. International military campaigns used to play out between armies at central fronts. Today's conflicts find major powers facing rebel insurgencies deploying elusive methods, from improvised explosives to terrorist attacks. Presenting a transformative understanding of these contemporary confrontations, Small Wars, Big Data shows that a revolution in the study of conflict yields new insights into terrorism, civil wars, and foreign interventions. Modern warfare is not about struggles over territory but over people; civilians—and the information they might provide—can turn the tide at critical junctures. Drawing lessons from conflicts in locations around the world, Small Wars, Big Data provides groundbreaking perspectives for how small wars can be better strategized and favorably won.
Trade-offs in the Pursuit of Military Effectiveness
Author: Dan Reiter
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Category: Political Science
This book is the first work to build a conceptual framework describing how the pursuit of military effectiveness can present military and political tradeoffs, such as undermining political support for the war, creating new security threats, and that seeking to improve effectiveness in one aspect can reduce effectiveness in other aspects. Here are new ideas about military effectiveness, covering topics such as military robotics, nuclear weapons, insurgency, war finance, public opinion, and others. The study applies these ideas to World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the 1973 October War, as well as ongoing conflicts and public policy debates, such as the War on Terror, drone strikes, ISIS, Russian aggression against Ukraine, US-Chinese-Russian nuclear competitions, and the Philippines insurgency, among others. Both scholarly and policy-oriented readers will gather new insights into the political dimensions of military power, and the complexities of trying to grow military power.
Contributors from government, industry, and academia document the extent and impact of reducing the military in the US, Europe, and Russia, and suggest a variety of approaches by which governments might be able soften the economic blow. Among the topics are planning the defense industrial base, relations between Congress and the Defense Department after the Cold War, political struggles over defense policy, conversion to peacetime production, and acquisition policy. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Gennem analysering af lokale krige og konflikter er det bogens formål at anvise USA den politik og de veje, der bør følges for at undgå konfrontation mellem stormagterne, samt for at dæmpe voldelig magtudøvelse.
Hearings Before the Preparedness Investigating Subcommittee of the Committee on Armed Services, United States Senate, Eighty-sixth Congress, First Session on Major Defense Matters (with Emphasis on Fiscal Year 1960 Military Budget and Berlin Situation).
Author: United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Armed Services. Preparedness Investigating Subcommittee
Covers 15 broad subject groupings: social sciences (generic); psychology; sociology; social work & social welfare; politics; government; law; finance, accountancy & taxation; industries & utilities; business & management; education & learning; sport; media & communications; information & library sciences; and tools for information professionals.