Military Strategy: Principles, Practices, and Historical Perspectives [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Military Strategy: Principles, Practices, and Historical Perspectives

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Overview

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.
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Editorial Reviews

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A textbook written for use in American military academies. Dealing primarily with the theoretical debates over military strategy, five sections discuss national security interests, objectives, and policies; schools of thought and other fundamentals; assorted military strategies across the conflict spectrum from nonlethal combat to weapons of mass destruction, ways to develop strategic thinkers; and case studies of competing strategies in Bosnia- Herzegovina and Kosovo. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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“Every American leader, whether in uniform or not, needs to study this work by Col. John Collins. He is truly one of the rare strategic thinkers of our day.”

“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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597974004
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/30/2001
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,236,922
  • File size: 5 MB

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

List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Maps
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Prospectus 1
1 Overview 3
Pt. I The Framework of Military Strategy
2 National Security Interests 13
3 Foreign and Domestic Threats 21
4 Basic Security Objectives 35
5 The Primacy of Policy 47
Pt. II Fundamentals of Military Strategy
6 Strategic Starting Points 59
7 Fundamentals of Deterrence 71
8 War-Fighting Fundamentals 81
9 Fundamentals of Military Preparedness 99
10 Fundamentals of Arms Control 109
Pt. III Specialized Military Strategies
11 Counterproliferation Strategies 123
12 Nuclear Warfare Strategies 133
13 Biological and Chemical Warfare Strategies 145
14 Traditional Forces and Strategies 155
15 Insurgency Strategies 167
16 Counterinsurgency Strategies 181
17 Sociopolitical Terrorism 193
18 Counterterrorism Strategies 205
19 Nonlethal Warfare Strategies 219
20 Coalition Warfare Strategies 237
Pt. IV Keys to Strategic Superiority
21 Strategic Trailblazers 251
22 Strategic Stepping-Stones 257
Pt. V Applied Strategies
23 Balkan Tar-Babies 267
24 Final Reflections 291
App. A: Strategic Terminology 293
App. B: Abbreviations 309
App. C: A Bookshelf for Military Strategists 311
Index 319
About the Author 333
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    Good book

    Well written and very informative

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