Strategy the logic of war and peace luttwak

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strategy the logic of war and peace luttwak

Strategy: The Logic of War and Peace by Edward N. Luttwak

If you want peace, prepare for war. A buildup of offensive weapons can be purely defensive. The worst road may be the best route to battle. Strategy is made of such seemingly self-contradictory propositions, Edward Luttwak shows--they exemplify the paradoxical logic that pervades the entire realm of conflict. In this widely acclaimed work, now revised and expanded, Luttwak unveils the peculiar logic of strategy level by level, from grand strategy down to combat tactics. Having participated in its planning, Luttwak examines the role of air power in the 1991 Gulf War, then detects the emergence of post-heroic war in Kosovo in 1999--an American war in which not a single American soldier was killed. In the tradition of Carl von Clausewitz, Strategy goes beyond paradox to expose the dynamics of reversal at work in the crucible of conflict. As victory is turned into defeat by over-extension, as war brings peace by exhaustion, ordinary linear logic is overthrown. Citing examples from ancient Rome to our own days, from Barbarossa and Pearl Harbor down to minor combat affrays, from the strategy of peace to the latest operational methods of war, this book by one of the worlds foremost authorities reveals the ultimate logic of military failure and success, of war and peace.
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chrissullivanministries.com: Strategy: The Logic of War and Peace, Revised and Enlarged Edition (): Edward N. Luttwak: Books.
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Edward N. Luttwak serves or has served as a contractor for the Office of Net Assessment of the U. Department of Defense and for the U. The Conscious Use of Paradox in War 2. The Logic in Action 3.

Department of State and the U. Air Force. If you want peace, prepare for war. A build-up of offensive weapons can be purely defensive. The worst road may be the best route to battle.

Jump to navigation. If Edward Luttwak does not always persuade, he always provokes. In this superb book, one that will become a classic of strategy, he does both. He may overstate the uniqueness of his theme-that strategy is "pervaded by a paradoxical logic of its own"; much of human activity is riddled with paradox, as immunologists know and those who wait in a long line of traffic for a brief glance at what caused the traffic jam can sense. However, his definition of five levels of strategy is enriching and his historical examples fascinating. Along the way, his case study of NATO demolishes proposals for defense-in-depth, casts doubt on those for deep strike, and demonstrates that he understands the paradoxical logic of NATO strategy and its connection to American nuclear force posture better than anyone else. This site uses cookies to improve your user experience.

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In this widely acclaimed work, now revised and expanded, Luttwak unveils the peculiar logic of strategy level by level, from grand strategy down to combat tactics. In the tradition of Carl von Clausewitz, Strategy goes beyond paradox to expose the dynamics of reversal at work in the crucible of conflict. As victory is turned into defeat by over-extension, as war brings peace by exhaustion, ordinary linear logic is overthrown. Citing examples from ancient Rome to our own days, from Barbarossa and Pearl Harbor down to minor combat affrays, from the strategy of peace to the latest operational methods of war, this book by one of the world's foremost authorities reveals the ultimate logic of military failure and success, of war and peace. In-depth look at the levels of strategy in war with many 20th century examples. Quite technical. Edward N.

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