Military Strategy: Principles, Practices, and Historical Perspectivesby John M. Collins
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John M. Collins has distilled the wisdom of history's great military minds to tutor readers on the necessary intellectual skills to win not only battles but also wars. He illuminates practices that worked well or poorly in the past, together with reasons why. He discusses national security interests, strategic building blocks, military strategies across the conflict spectrum, methods for developing talent and strategic acumen, and recent case studies that put principles into practice. Collins never tells readers what to think, but in Military Strategy he provides them with the intellectual tools to think for themselves. Written in a clear, straightforward style, this book will appeal to officers, policy-makers, students, and the public.
“John Collins is a bona fide authority on national security policymaking. Military Strategy is insightful and readable. Military professionals and interested laymen will find it a most worthwhile read.”
“Collins has produced an extraordinary work. . . . There is a great deal in this book that a leader needs to know.”
“My strategic mentor when I was a student at the National War College hasn’t lost his touch. This unique treatise contains valuable insights for strategic planners and operators in every military service.”
“Collins' first book, Grand Strategy, has been a handy reference in my personal library for many years. Military Strategy, its replacement, is a must for anyone who wants to understand warfare, especially ‘the first war of the twenty-first century.’”
“John Collins has written a brilliant book for use by those who develop strategy and those who want to understand how strategy should be developed. It should be the text on military strategy.”
“This comprehensive survey provides an unexcelled checklist for the development and critique of military strategies. It’s a good read that belongs in everybody’s military library.”
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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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