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Britain and Ballistic Missile Defence, 1942-2002

Britain and Ballistic Missile Defence, 1942-2002

Jeremy Stocker
June 14, 2017

Britain was the first country to come under sustained ballistic missile attack, during 1944-45. Defence against ballistic missiles has been a persistent, if highly variable, subject of political policy and technical investigation ever since. The British Second World War experience of trying to...

Strategic Basing and the Great Powers, 1200-2000

Strategic Basing and the Great Powers, 1200-2000

Robert E. Harkavy
February 28, 2016

This is the first book to survey the evolution of the strategic basing systems of the great powers, covering an 800-year span of history, from the Mongol dynasty to the era of the US empire. Robert E. Harkavy details the progression of strategic basing systems and power projection, from its...

Anglo-American Strategic Relations and the Far East, 1933-1939: Imperial Crossroads

Anglo-American Strategic Relations and the Far East, 1933-1939: Imperial Crossroads

Greg Kennedy
July 17, 2014

This volume charts how the national strategic needs of the United States of America and Great Britain created a "parallel but not joint" relationship towards the Far East as the crisis in that region evolved from 1933-39. In short, it is a look at the relationship shared between the two nations...

Grand Strategy and the Presidency: Foreign Policy, War and the American Role in the World

Grand Strategy and the Presidency: Foreign Policy, War and the American Role in the World

C. Dale Walton
October 07, 2013

This book examines the role and importance of the Presidency in the formulation and conduct of US grand strategy. The text discusses US strategic history, with particular emphasis on the period from the end of the Cold War to the present day. While the United States periodically has enjoyed...

German Disarmament After World War I: The Diplomacy of International Arms Inspection 1920-1931

German Disarmament After World War I: The Diplomacy of International Arms Inspection 1920-1931

Richard J. Shuster
September 13, 2012

German Disarmament After World War I examines the Allied disarmament of Germany and the challenges that such an enormous task presented to international efforts in enforcing the Treaty of Versailles. In the twenty-first century, disarmament remains a critical issue for the International community....

US Special Forces and Counterinsurgency in Vietnam: Military Innovation and Institutional Failure, 1961-63

US Special Forces and Counterinsurgency in Vietnam: Military Innovation and Institutional Failure, 1961-63

Christopher K. Ives
July 13, 2012

This volume examines US Army Special Forces efforts to mobilize and train indigenous minorities in Vietnam. Christopher K. Ives shows how before the Second Indochina War, the Republic of Vietnam had begun to falter under the burden of an increasingly successful insurgency. The dominant American...

US Military Innovation since the Cold War: Creation Without Destruction

US Military Innovation since the Cold War: Creation Without Destruction

Harvey Sapolsky, Benjamin Friedman, Brendan Green
March 29, 2012

This book explains how the US military reacted to the 'Revolution in Military Affairs' (RMA), and failed to innovate its organization or doctrine to match the technological breakthroughs it brought about. Many called for the transformation of the US military in the years after the end of the Cold...

Clausewitz and America: Strategic Thought and Practice from Vietnam to Iraq

Clausewitz and America: Strategic Thought and Practice from Vietnam to Iraq

Stuart Kinross
December 21, 2009

This book demonstrates how Clausewitzian thought influenced American strategic thinking between the Vietnam War and the current conflict in Iraq. Carl von Clausewitz's thought played a part in the process of military reform and the transition in US policy that took place after the Vietnam War. By...

War in Iraq: Planning and Execution

War in Iraq: Planning and Execution

Thomas G. Mahnken, Thomas A. Keaney
June 26, 2009

This volume provides a collection of insightful essays on all phases of the Iraq War: both US-led major combat operations to defeat the Ba’athist regime as well as efforts to reconstruct the country and defeat the insurgency. Written by leading scholars on the Iraq War, many of whom have practical...

Alexander the Great: Lessons in Strategy

Alexander the Great: Lessons in Strategy

David J. Lonsdale
June 26, 2009

This book offers a strategic analysis of one of the most outstanding military careers in history, identifying the most pertinent strategic lessons from the campaigns of Alexander the Great. David Lonsdale argues that since the core principles of strategy are eternal, the study and analysis of...

The German 1918 Offensives: A Case Study in The Operational Level of War

The German 1918 Offensives: A Case Study in The Operational Level of War

David T. Zabecki
June 26, 2009

This is the first study of the Ludendorff Offensives of 1918 based extensively on key German records presumed to be lost forever after Potsdam was bombed in 1944. In 1997, David T. Zabecki discovered translated copies of these files in a collection of old instructional material at the U.S. Army...

America, Technology and Strategic Culture: A Clausewitzian Assessment

America, Technology and Strategic Culture: A Clausewitzian Assessment

Brice Harris
August 21, 2008

This book analyses the American way of war within the context of Clausewitzian theory. In doing so, it draws conclusions about the origins, viability, and technical feasibility of America’s current strategic approach. The author argues that the situation in which America has found itself in Iraq...

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