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The utility of force : the art of war in the modern world

Author: Rupert Smith
Publisher: London : Penguin, 2006, ©2005.
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Military force is not working and is failing to solve our problems across the world as politicians expect it to. This text looks at the history of warfare and the conflicts of today to argue that we must change the way we fight and use force, before we all pay the price.
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Smith, Rupert, 1943-
Utility of force.
London : Penguin, 2006, ©2005
(OCoLC)989852410
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rupert Smith
ISBN: 014102044X 9780141020440 9780307267412 0307267415
OCLC Number: 225127106
Notes: Originally published by Allen Lane in 2005.
Description: xvi, 428 pages ; 20 cm
Contents: Introduction : understanding force --
pt. 1: Interstate industrial war. Foundation : from Napoleon to Clausewitz --
Development : iron, steam, and mass --
Culmination : the world wars --
pt. 2: The Cold War confrontation. Antithesis : from guerrillas to anarchists to Mao --
Confrontation and conflict : a new purpose for the use of force --
Capabilities : the search for a new way --
pt. 3: War amongst the people. Trends : our modern operations --
Direction : setting the purpose for the use of force --
Bosnia : using force amongst the people --
Conclusion : What is to be done?
Responsibility: Rupert Smith.
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Why do we try to use military force to solve our political problems? And why, when our forces win the military battles does this still fail to solve those problems? Over the years, there has been a  Read more...

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