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Accession Number ADA574439
Title Issues in Strategic Thought: From Clausewitz to Al-Qaida.
Publication Date Dec 2012
Media Count 145p
Personal Author R. C. Nomura
Abstract Ever since the quickening of social and technological change that began during the Napoleonic era, there have been many strategic debates inspired by those developments. Six are discussed in this thesis: Jomini vs. Clausewitz -- How useful are principles of war; Mahan vs. Mackinder -- Is either land or sea power inherently more valuable for achieving national aims; Bernhardi vs. Bloch -- Did industrialization make war an impractical endeavor; Douhet vs. Mitchell -- What is the role of air power in national defense; Brodie vs. Wohlstetter -- Is nuclear deterrence robust, or is there a delicate balance of terror; and Giap vs. Galula -- Can conventional forces defeat insurgencies, and if so, how. Though these debates are listed in their chronological order of appearance, they do not reflect discrete blocks of time and they often overlap. The purpose of this thesis is not to judge whether any particular 'debater' was right or wrong. Rather, the intent is to consider the debate itself. While problem definition may seem a less-than-ambitious undertaking, it is nonetheless necessary for understanding the root causes and conduct of war over the last two centuries, as well as for the understanding of possible forms of future conflict. In some cases, the differences between the debaters are apparent. In others, the differences are subtle. The conclusion summarizes the debates and addresses underlying themes or patterns that were identified during the course of this research. Some possible future strategic debates are identified, along with some topics that may require further research.
Keywords Air power
Bernhardi friedrich von
Bloch ivan stanislavovich
Brodie bernard
Clausewitz carl von
Douhet giulio
First world war
Galula david
Giap vo nguyen
Industrial modernization
Jomini antoine henri de
Land power vs sea power
Land warfare
Mackinder halford john
Mahan alfred thayer
Military forces(Foreign)
Military forces(United states)
Military history
Military strategy
Mitchell billy
Napoleonic era
Naval warfare
Nuclear deterrence
Nuclear weapons
Principles of war
Second world war
Strategic military theory
Vietnam war
Wohlstetter albert

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 92D - Education, Law, & Humanities
74G - Military Operations, Strategy, & Tactics
Corporate Author Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA. Defense Analysis Dept.
Document Type Thesis
Title Note Master's thesis.
NTIS Issue Number 1318
Contract Number N/A

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