The Sword's Other Edge: Trade-offs in the Pursuit of Military Effectiveness

The Sword's Other Edge: Trade-offs in the Pursuit of Military Effectiveness

by Dan Reiter (Editor)


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ISBN-13: 9781108404136
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/09/2017
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.71(d)

About the Author

Dan Reiter is the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Political Science at Emory University, Atlanta. He is the award-winning author of three books, Crucible of Beliefs: Learning, Alliances and World Wars, Democracies at War (with Allan C. Stam, 1996), and How Wars End (2009), as well as dozens of articles about the causes, prosecution, and termination of war, alliances, domestic politics and international relations, nuclear weapons, terrorism, and other topics. He is a recipient of the Karl Deutsch Award, given annually to the leading scholar of international relations under the age of 40 or within ten years of having received a Ph.D.

Table of Contents

1. Confronting tradeoffs in the pursuit of military effectiveness Dan Reiter; 2. Force protection and its tradeoffs Emanuele Castelli and Lorenzo Zambernardi; 3. War finance and military effectiveness Rosella Cappella Zielinski; 4. Forced to fight: coercion, blocking detachments, and tradeoffs in military effectiveness Jason Lyall; 5. Sources of military effectiveness in counterinsurgency: evidence from the Philippines Joseph Felter; 6. Military robotics, autonomous systems, and the future of military effectiveness Michael C. Horowitz; 7. Too much of a good thing? Conventional military effectiveness and the dangers of nuclear escalation Caitlin Talmadge; 8. Making tradeoffs without assessing probabilities: the costs and benefits of vague information in national security decision making Jeffrey A. Friedman; 9. Conclusion: the complexity of military effectiveness Filippo Andreatta.

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