Military Geography: For Professionals and the Public

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Great commanders, past and present, understand that topography, weather, cultural factors, and climate not only affect strategies but also battle and support plans. History is replete with enormous penalties paid by those who paid too little attention to geography. Drawing frequently on practical historical examples, John Collins relates virtually every aspect of the physical world to every imaginable military endeavor. He considers all branches of the armed forces in every geographical environment, while taking ...
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Overview

Great commanders, past and present, understand that topography, weather, cultural factors, and climate not only affect strategies but also battle and support plans. History is replete with enormous penalties paid by those who paid too little attention to geography. Drawing frequently on practical historical examples, John Collins relates virtually every aspect of the physical world to every imaginable military endeavor. He considers all branches of the armed forces in every geographical environment, while taking into account ever-changing strategies, tactics, and technologies at all levels. No other book written for both the professional and the layperson marries the military art with that of the geographer so deftly and completely.
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Presents a comprehensive treatment of military geography for general readers as well as those in the military. Considers military operations in every geographical environment, while taking into account changing tactics and technologies at every level, with sections on physical geography, cultural geography, political-military geography, and area analysis. Includes many b&w maps, diagrams, photos, and tables. Originally published by Defense University Press, Washington, DC, 1998. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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"This effort to reduce the widespread American ignorance concerning geography--and particularly military geography--is admirable and welcome. Any failure to either exploit geographic advantages or compensate for geographic disadvantages means simply rolling the dice with destiny."

"John Collins, who has spent his lifetime studying the military, has written a geography book that will become a bible for military planners, strategists, and tacticians."

"This book is a must read for those who aspire to military command and those who seek to understand success and failure in war."

"A thorough understanding of military geography is essential for true military professionals if they are to excel at the art and science of war. Every warrior should read, reread, and above all understand this landmark book on a long-neglected topic."

"The author brings a unique contribution of scholarship and real world experience to this superbly crafted, comprehensive work on military geography. Whether on foot, afloat, or at 30,000 feet above the surface, the bok brings operational relevance to all the interactions."

"John Collins has been there, done it, and written the book. This is military geography by a well-versed practitioner. My students will now have the book they crave, one that military as well as civilian scholars everywhere can respect and trust."

"Required reading for policy makers, military planners, commanders and staff officers of all levels."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579060022
  • Publisher: National Defense University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1997
  • Pages: 437

Meet the Author

John M. Collins is a retired U.S. Army colonel and a distinguished visiting research fellow at the National Defense University. Collins culminated his military career as the director of military strategy studies and then as chief of the Strategic Research Group at the National War College. He was subsequently the senior specialist in national defense at the Congressional Research Service for twenty-four years. Collins has written twelve books and numerous monographs, including Strategy: Principles, Practices, and Historical Perspectives. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Overview 3
2 Spatial Relationships 11
3 Lay of the Land 27
4 Oceans and Seashores 47
5 Earth's Atmosphere 69
6 Regional Peculiarities 93
7 Inner and Outer Space 137
8 Natural Resources and Raw Materials 153
9 Populations 177
10 Urbanization 195
11 Lines of Communication 215
12 Military Bases 245
13 Fortresses and Field Fortifications 267
14 Military Service Predilections 277
15 Geopolitical Friction 285
16 Military Areas of Responsibility 307
17 Format for Area Analysis 339
18 Operation Neptune 347
19 Operation Plan El Paso 367
20 Final Reflections 387
App. A: Acronyms and Abbreviations 389
App. B: Glossary of Geographical Terms 391
App. C: A Basic Geographic Library 407
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