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Military power : explaining victory and defeat in modern battle

Author: Stephen D Biddle
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2004.
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"This book provides a systematic account of how force employment interacts with materiel to produce real combat outcomes. Stephen Biddle argues that force employment is central to modern war, becoming increasingly important since 1900 as the key to surviving ever more lethal weaponry. Technological change produces opposite effects depending on how forces are employed; to focus only on material is thus to risk major  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen D Biddle
ISBN: 0691116458 9780691116457
OCLC Number: 52542088
Awards: Winner of Harvard University Huntington Prize 2004
Winner of Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences Koopman Prize 2004
Runner-up for Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 2005
Description: xi, 337 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction --
A literature built on weak foundations --
The modern system --
The modern system, preponderance, and changing technology --
Operation Michael-the second battle of the Somme : March 21-April 9, 1918 --
Operation Goodwood : July 18-20, 1944 --
Operation Desert Storm : January 17-February 28, 1991 --
Statistical tests --
Experimental tests --
Conclusion --
Appendix : a formal model of capability.
Responsibility: Stephen Biddle.
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