The Fog of Peace and War Planning: Military and Strategic Planning under Uncertainty

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Given both the importance and the difficulties involved in military planning, existing research has tended to focus almost exclusively on immediate pre-war and wartime periods surrounding the First and Second World Wars and has neglected peacetime periods and the specific challenges that planners must face. This volume sets out to examine and analyse how governments and military organizations planned for an uncertain and potentially threatening future during four different peacetime periods spanning from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the aftermath of the Second World War. For each period the authors have explored how the changing nature of military technology and hence of warfare affected military planning and provided a number of cases studies designed to illustrate the challenges and opportunities planners faced within their respective periods. Finally the book discusses what lessons can be drawn from past cases of military planning. This book will be of foremost interest to students in military and strategic studies as well as military college staff, policymakers and think tanks.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415366960
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/18/2006
  • Series: Strategy and History Series
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Strategic and Military Planning under the Fog of Peace Talbot Imlay and Monica Duffy Toft 2. Strategic and Military Planning, 1815-1856 Louise Richardson 3. Russian War Planning, 1815-1856 Frederick W. Kagan 4. Austria, Prussia and the German Confederation: The Defense of Central Europe, 1815-1854 Lawrence Sondhaus 5. Strategic and Military Planning, 1871-1914 David Stevenson 6. Command Decision-making: Imperial Germany, 1871-1914 Holger H. Herwig 7. British Preparation for Global Naval War, 1904-1914 John Tetsuro Sumida 8. Strategic and Military Planning, 1919-1939 Talbot Imlay 9. Catching the Wave: The RAF Pursues a RMA, 1919-1939 John Ferris 10. Transforming to Victory: The US Navy, Carrier Aviation, and Preparing for War in the Pacific Andrew F. Krepinevich, Jr. 11. US Objectives and Plans for War with the Soviet Union, 1946-1954 David Kaiser 12. From the Fall of France to the Force de Frappe: The Remaking of French Military Power, 1945-1962 Charles G. Cogan 13. Conclusion: Seven Lessons Learned from the Fog of Peace Talbot Imlay and Monica Duffy Toft

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