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What is the purpose of war? It is destructive. It causes great anguish and is responsible for countless deaths. Society condemns those people and nations that initiate war without provocation; yet, it still remains a constant element of society. Providing definitions of war, the function of an army and how organizations implement change, this work analyzes why war remains a fixture in human interactions and how a nation can prepare to win such a deadly encounter. This book provides an alternative method of ...
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Why War? Why an Army?

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Overview

What is the purpose of war? It is destructive. It causes great anguish and is responsible for countless deaths. Society condemns those people and nations that initiate war without provocation; yet, it still remains a constant element of society. Providing definitions of war, the function of an army and how organizations implement change, this work analyzes why war remains a fixture in human interactions and how a nation can prepare to win such a deadly encounter. This book provides an alternative method of thinking about why wars are fought through its analysis of the power struggle between nations. This book forges a new way of thinking, giving readers a new understanding of war and its effects on society. War is a destructive element of society. It causes great anguish, pain, and deaths. Society praises those who promote peace and harmony. Society condemns the people and nations that initiate war without provocation in order to impose their power and strength. So, why is war studied? What is its purpose? In this work, House analyzes the use of war and why it remains a fixture in human interactions. House describes a connection between wars, armies, and the people affected by them. War is a power struggle between nations who try to showcase their sheer brutality in an attempt for a gain in supremacy; armies, therefore, are the land component of a nation's military forces. The outcome of the war on the land is the most important aspect of the war, since people occupy these lands where wars are fought. Despite changes in technology, organizational and operational concepts, and external or internal threats, people are still a crucial element in wars. People govern whether military forcesimpose themselves on other nations and control the component systems within military services. Any study of war and warfare addresses the impact that people make on the conduct of war and the effects of war on people. Providing conceptual descriptions of war and explaining the purpose and requirements of a nation's army within the description, House establishes an alternative method of thinking about the nature of war and how it effects those in society.
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What People Are Saying

Robert Scales

"The Army has carried most of the burden of fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet very little scholarship has been devoted recently to understanding the dynamics of history and the currents of contemporary events that are shaping how our Army will fight in the future. John House has written an eclectic book that at last connects the dots on the subject of the relationship between landpower and the future of the nation. At last we have a single document that offers us a deep and intellectually rich view of the past and a promising glimpse of where our Army is going in the future."

Gordon R. Sullivan

"Colonel House has given us a very important piece of scholarship. This book is packed with ideas and important theories related to armed conflict and the use of national military power for other purposes. His book is a thought provoking primer for structured study of war. The bibliography alone provides the starting point for an in-depth study of the Army and its role in our society-peace and war."

James J. Schneider

"Colonel John House has written the definitive work on military theory for the twenty-first century. House's project represents a fundamental reframing of our present understanding of war and peace. In the process, he also offers a significant reinterpretation of the great Prussian military philosopher, Carl von Clausewitz and his book, On War. Colonel House's new book is the first of its kind to offer a penetrating framework for thinking about military affairs in the emerging post-Iraq world."

L.D. Holder

"Upon graduating from the Army's School of Advanced Military Studies, John House has developed his views on war and conflict systematically and completely. His explanation of the subject will give students, government leaders, and general readers useful insights into the place of military forces in policy as a thoughtful Army officer sees it."

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Meet the Author

JOHN M. HOUSE is the Executive Director for Army Wargaming and Operations Analysis for AgileCast, Inc. He is a retired Army Colonel with over 32 years of active duty and civilian experience in military operations, having written approximately 80 periodical articles and newspaper columns on a variety of military subjects. Since retiring from the Army in 2001, he has worked as a consultant and government employee in several positions. Dr. House has been a part-time university professor since 2006, teaching for Columbus State University, Northcentral University, American Public University, and TUI University.

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Table of Contents

1 What's War All about? 1

2 Types of Wars 21

3 The Purpose of an Army 35

4 Levels of War 44

5 The Physical Nature of War 56

6 The Cognitive Nature of War 74

7 The Moral Nature of War 91

8 The Need for Change 111

9 Transformation 131

10 Ensuring Transformation 145

11 Future War 168

12 The Constants 183

Notes 187

Bibliography 207

Index 219

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