Special Operations and Strategy: From World War II to the War on Terrorism / Edition 1

Special Operations and Strategy: From World War II to the War on Terrorism / Edition 1

by James D. Kiras
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415459494

ISBN-13: 9780415459495

Pub. Date: 12/28/2007

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

James D. Kiras shows how a number of different special operations, in conjunction with more conventional military actions, achieve and sustain strategic effect(s) over time. In particular, he argues that the root of effective special operations lies in understanding the relationship existing between moral and material attrition at the strategic level. He also

Overview

James D. Kiras shows how a number of different special operations, in conjunction with more conventional military actions, achieve and sustain strategic effect(s) over time. In particular, he argues that the root of effective special operations lies in understanding the relationship existing between moral and material attrition at the strategic level. He also presents a theoretical framework for understanding how special operations achieve strategic effects using a unique synthesis of strategic theory and case studies.

This study shows how the key to understanding how special operations reside in the concept of strategic attrition and in the moral and material nature of strategy. It also highlights major figures such as Carl von Clausewitz, Hans Delbrück, and Mao Zedong, who understood these complexities and were experts in eroding an enemy's will to fight. These and other examples provide a superb explanation of the complexities of modern strategy and the place of special operations in a war of attrition.

This book will be of great interest to all students and scholars with an interest in special forces and of strategic and military studies in general.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415459495
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/28/2007
Series:
Strategy and History Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

1. Special Operations and Great Raids 2. "Seeing ‘Black Lights’ Before Sinking Into Oblivion": Theories of Strategic Paralysis 3. "A Dark Picture of Destruction": Special Operations, the Persistence of Ideas, and Dambusting Dambusting: Raid or Special Operation? 4. Death By A Thousand Cuts: Special Operations, Attrition, and the Nature of Warfare 5. Case Study: "Looting a Burning House," The SAS in the Campaign of Attrition in Normandy, 1944 6. Conclusion: Special Operations and the Nature of Strategy

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