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The Science of War: Defense Budgeting, Military Technology, Logistics, and Combat Outcomes
     

The Science of War: Defense Budgeting, Military Technology, Logistics, and Combat Outcomes

by Michael E. O'Hanlon
 

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ISBN-10: 0691137021

ISBN-13: 9780691137025

Pub. Date: 08/31/2009

Publisher: Princeton University Press

The U.S. military is one of the largest and most complex organizations in the world. How it spends its money, chooses tactics, and allocates its resources have enormous implications for national defense and the economy. The Science of War is the only comprehensive textbook on how to analyze and understand these and other essential problems in modern defense

Overview

The U.S. military is one of the largest and most complex organizations in the world. How it spends its money, chooses tactics, and allocates its resources have enormous implications for national defense and the economy. The Science of War is the only comprehensive textbook on how to analyze and understand these and other essential problems in modern defense policy.

Michael O'Hanlon provides undergraduate and graduate students with an accessible yet rigorous introduction to the subject. Drawing on a broad range of sources and his own considerable expertise as a defense analyst and teacher, he describes the analytic techniques the military uses in every crucial area of military science. O'Hanlon explains how the military budget works, how the military assesses and deploys new technology, develops strategy and fights wars, handles the logistics of stationing and moving troops and equipment around the world, and models and evaluates battlefield outcomes. His modeling techniques have been tested in Iraq and Afghanistan, including the methods he used to predict higher-than-anticipated troop fatalities in Iraq—controversial predictions that have since been vindicated.

The Science of War is the definitive resource on warfare in the twenty-first century.

  • Gives the best introduction to defense analysis available
  • Covers defense budgeting
  • Shows how to model and predict outcomes in war
  • Explains military logistics, including overseas basing
  • Examines key issues in military technology, including missile defense, space warfare, and nuclear-weapons testing
  • Based on the author's graduate-level courses at Princeton, Columbia, and Georgetown universities

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691137025
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
08/31/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

Chapter I: Defense Budgeting and Resource Allocation 8

Chapter II: Modeling Combat and Sizing Forces 63

Chapter III: Logistics and Overseas Bases 141

Chapter IV: Technical Issues in Defense Analysis 169

Conclusion 243

Appendix: Figures and Tables 249

Index 263

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