Understanding Modern Warfare

ISBN-10: 0521700388
ISBN-13: 9780521700382
Edition: 2008
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Description: A major new study of the theory and practice of warfare in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Using relevant examples from recent history, this book provides a complete introduction to the issues, ideas, concepts, context and vocabulary of  More...

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Book details

List price: $49.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/18/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 387
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.528
Language: English

A major new study of the theory and practice of warfare in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Using relevant examples from recent history, this book provides a complete introduction to the issues, ideas, concepts, context and vocabulary of modern warfare. The expert team of authors explore the conduct of war across land, sea, air and space in addition to addressing key issues relating to contemporary strategy, weapons of mass destruction and irregular warfare, including insurgency, terrorism and civil war. They provide an incisive and structured grounding in military theory and argue for the importance of understanding warfare within the joint (inter-service) context and as an evolutionary rather than a revolutionary phenomenon. By providing the tools required to truly understand contemporary military doctrine this accessible survey will be an invaluable resource for any student of military history or international relations as well as for military professionals.

James D. Kiras is Associate Professor at the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Air University, United States Air Force. He is the author of Special Operations and Strategy: From World War II to the War on Terrorism (2006) and was awarded The Air Education Training Command civilian 'Educator of the Year'award for 2006-2007.

List of illustrations
List of boxes and tables
Preface
How to use this book
Introduction
Strategy
Strategic Studies
Why is strategy difficult?
Strategic theory
The use of force
Strategy today
Land warfare
Concepts of land warfare
Modern land warfare
Future land warfare
Naval warfare
Concepts of naval warfare
Modern naval warfare
Contemporary and future naval warfare
Air and space warfare
Concepts of air warfare
Modern air warfare - principles and practice
Space power
Irregular warfare
Definitions
Understanding modern irregular warfare through the lens of the past
Post-colonial wars and the 'golden age of counter-insurgency'
Why is modern irregular warfare so difficult?
Weapons of mass destruction
Weapons of mass destruction (WMDs): a brief introduction
Non-combat uses of WMDs
The First and Second Nuclear Ages
Glossary
Index

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