NATIONAL STRATEGIC CONCEPTS AND THE CHANGING NATURE OF MODERN WAR. VOLUME I.
HISTORICAL EVALUATION AND RESEARCH ORGANIZATION DUNN LORING VA
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The study describes and analyzes the impact of recent technological, political, and psychological changes upon the following US national objectives, policies, and strategies the principles of war the nature of warfare and concepts of victory. After summarizing US objectives, policies, strategies, and warmaking concepts of the period 1898-1945, it discusses the changes in the world environment that have affected these traditional concepts during the period 1945-1965, analyzes 16 instances of conflict that have occured during the past 20 years, and analyzes probable types of conflict in the proximate future. It reevaluates US national objectives and the concept of victory, provides a new definition for strategy, reevaluates the traditional principles of war in the light of recent conflict experience, and concludes with recommendations for reorganization of US strategic planning machinery.
- Unconventional Warfare