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The US Military's Approach to Strategy and the Implications for Military Technology

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Technical Report,01 Jun 2017,31 May 2018

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US Army School for Advanced Military Studies Fort Leavenworth United States

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This study considers the applicability of Arthur Lykkes ends-ways-means strategic framework to the maintenance and development of US military technological endeavors. Predicated on the belief that technological superiority provides the surest means of achieving battlefield success, the US military continues to invest heavily in more complex and expensive weapon systems. While this argument seems to justify the development of an overarching strategy for military technology, if for no other reason to avoid waste, analysis of the distinctive evolutionary paths of technology and strategy supports the supposition that military strategy and technology follow different, often conflicting rationales. As a result, applying Lykkes model in this regard could in fact hinder the militarys understanding and evaluation of current or emerging technologies.

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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Fire Control and Bombing Systems

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