The Fog of Peace and War Planning: Military and Strategic Planning under Uncertainty [NOOK Book]

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How do we plan under conditions of uncertainty? The perspective of military planners is a key organizing framework: do they see themselves as preparing to administer a peace, or preparing to fight a future war? Most interwar volumes examine only the 1920s and the 1930s. This new volume goes back, and forward in time, to draw on a greater expanse of history in order to tease out lessons for contemporary planners.

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

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Overview

How do we plan under conditions of uncertainty? The perspective of military planners is a key organizing framework: do they see themselves as preparing to administer a peace, or preparing to fight a future war? Most interwar volumes examine only the 1920s and the 1930s. This new volume goes back, and forward in time, to draw on a greater expanse of history in order to tease out lessons for contemporary planners.

These chapters are grouped into four periods: 1815-1856, 1871-1914, 1918-1938, and post-Second World War. They progress from low-tech to high-tech concerns, for example, the first period examines armies, while the second period examines navies, the third asseses navies combined with air forces, and finally for the Kaiser chapter explores nuclear issues and decision-making.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781134210879
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/24/2007
  • Series: Strategy and History
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 296
  • File size: 761 KB

Table of Contents


Tables and Illustrations     ix
Contributors     x
Acknowledgments     xii
Strategic and Military Planning under the Fog of Peace   Monica Duffy Toft   Talbot Imlay     1
Strategic and Military Planning, 1815-56   Louise Richardson     11
Russian War Planning, 1815-5626   Frederick W. Kagan     26
Austria, Prussia, and the German Confederation: the defense of Central Europe, 1815-54   Lawrence Sondhaus     50
Strategic and Military Planning, 1871-1914   David Stevenson     75
Command Decision Making: Imperial Germany, 1871-1914   Holger H. Herwig     100
British Preparation for Global Naval War, 1904-14: directed revolution or critical problem solving?   John Tetsuro Sumida     126
Strategic and Military Planning, 1919-39   Talbot Imlay     139
Catching the Wave: the RAF pursues a RMA, 1918-39   John Ferris     159
Transforming to Victory: the US Navy, carrier aviation, and preparing for war in the Pacific   Andrew F. Krepinevich, Jr.     179
US Objectives and Plans for War with the Soviet Union, 1946-54   David Kaiser     205
From the Fall of France to the Force de Frappe: the remaking of French military power, 1940-62   Charles G. Cogan     224
Conclusion: seven lessons learned about the Fog of Peace   Talbot Imlay   Monica Duffy Toft     249
Bibliography     261
Index     270
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