A Reader, 2nd Edition
Edited by Thomas Mahnken, Joseph Maiolo
To Be Published December 31st 2013 by Routledge – 498 pages
This Reader brings together key essays on strategic theory by some of the leading contributors to the field - this revised edition contains several new essays and revised introductions to each section.
The volume comprises hard-to-find classics in the field as well as the latest scholarship. The aim is to provide students with a wide-ranging survey of the key issues in strategic studies, and to provide an introduction the main ideas and themes in the field. The book contains six extensive sections, each of which is prefaced by a short introductory essay:
Overall, this volume strikes a balance between theoretical works, which seek to discover generalisations about the nature of modern strategy, and case studies, which attempt to ground the study of strategy in the realities of modern war.
This new edition will be essential reading for all students of strategic studies, security studies, military history and war studies, as well as for professional military college students.
Introduction PART I: The Uses of Strategic Theory This section discusses the role of strategic theory and history for theorists, policymakers, and professionals. It will also discuss the use and abuse of strategic theory and history. 1. Introduction 2. Strategy as a Science, Bernard Brodie 3. Strategic Studies and the Problem of Power, Lawrence Freedman 4. What is a Military Lesson?, William C. Fuller 5. Why Strategy is Difficult, Colin S. Gray 6. Is Strategy an Illusion?, Richard K. Betts PART II: Interpretation of the Classics This section contains a set of extracts from the key works of strategic theory, as well as Michael Handel’s previously unpublished guide to reading Carl von Clausewitz’s On Warm 7. Introduction 8. Who’s Afraid of Carl von Clausewitz?: A Guide to the Perplexed, Michael I. Handel 9.On War, Carl von Clausewitz 10. The Art of War, Sun Tzu, trans. Samuel B. Griffith 11. The Decisive Wars of History, Basil Liddell Hart 12. Arms and Influence, Thomas C. Schelling PART III: Instruments of War, Intelligence and Deception Having discussed strategic theory holistically, this section contains essays that explore the traditional instruments of war: land, sea, and air power. They provide students with a better understanding of what each of these instruments can – and cannot – accomplish. 13. Introduction 14. J.F.C. Fuller's Theory of Mechanized Warfare', Brian Holden Reid 15. Some Principles of Maritime Strategy, Julian Corbett 16. Kosovo and the Great Air Power Debate, Daniel L. Byman and Matthew C. Waxman 17. The Intelligence-Deception Complex: An Anatomy, John Ferris 18. TBD article by Robert Jervis on misperception 19. Intelligence Failure: Anglo-German Preparations for U-boat Warfare in the 1930s, Joseph A. Maiolo PART IV: Nuclear Strategy This section builds on sections II and III by exploring the extent to which the advent of nuclear weapons changed the theory and practice of strategy 20. Introduction 21. The Absolute Weapon, Bernard Brodie 22. The Delicate Balance of Terror, Albert Wohlstetter 23.Attacking the Atom: Does Bombing Nuclear Facilities Affect Proliferation?, Sarah Kreps and Matthew Fuhrmann PART V: Irregular Wars and Small Wars This section explores irregular warfare, including limited wars, small wars, and terrorism. It begins with the classic piece on why the weak defeat the strong and also contains contemporary essays on the subject 23. Introduction 24. Guerrilla, T. E. Lawrence 25.Problems of Strategy in China’s Civil War, Mao 26. Why Big Nations Lose Small Wars: The Politics of Asymmetric Conflict', Andrew Mack 27. Countering Global Insurgency, David J. Kilcullen 28. Hybrid Warfare and Challenges, Frank G. Hoffman PART VI: Future Warfare, Future Strategy The final section explores the future of warfare and of strategic theory. It will explore the concept of a revolution in military affairs and discuss both continuity and change in the conduct of warfare.
29. Introduction 30. Cavalry to Computer: The Patterns of Military Revolutions', Andrew F. Krepinevich 30.The Revolution in Military Affairs with Chinese Characteristics, Jacqueline Newmyer 31.Iron Cannot Fight: The Role of Technology in Current Russian Military Theory', Tor Bukkvoll 32.Weapons: The Growth & Spread of the Precision-Strike Regime', Thomas G. Mahnken 33. From Kadesh to Kandahar: Military Theory and the Future of War', Michael Evans 34. Cyber War Will Not Happen', Thomas Rid 35. The Lost Meaning of Strategy, Hew Strachan
Thomas G. Mahnken is currently Jerome E. Levy Chair of Economic Geography and National Security at the U.S. Naval War College and a Visiting Scholar at Visiting Fellow at the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies at The Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He is the author of Uncovering Ways of War: U.S. Intelligence and Foreign Military Innovation, 1918-1941 (2002), (with James R. FitzSimonds) The Limits of Transformation: Officer Attitudes toward the Revolution in Military Affairs (2003), Technology and the American Way of War Since 1945 (2008), and Uncovering Ways of War: U.S. Intelligence and Foreign Military Innovation, 1918-1941 (2012). He is editor (with Emily O. Goldman) of The Information Revolution in Military Affairs in Asia (2004) and (with Richard K. Betts) Paradoxes of Strategic Intelligence: Essays in Honor of Michael I. Handel (Frank Cass, 2003). He is co-editor of the Journal of Strategic Studies.
Joseph A. Maiolo is Professor of International History in the War Studies at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. He is author of The Royal Navy and Nazi Germany: A study in appeasement and the origins of the Second World War (1998) and Cry Havoc: How the Arms Race Drove the World to War 1931-1941 (2010); co-author of An International History of the Twentieth Century (Routledge, 2004, 2008); and co-editor (with Robert Boyce) The Origins of World War Two: The Debate Continues (2005). He is co-editor of the Journal of Strategic Studies.