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India's British Army: the Honorable East India Company's Lasting Military Impact

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US Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States

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Given the disappointing results of U. S. interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan to reach strategic goals through influence on those countries military elements of national power, it is logical to conclude that it is a mistake to impose western military doctrine in places which have developed free of western context. However, Great Britain met its strategic goals throughout the Indian subcontinent in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries by cultivating a privatized and indigenous military force there by way of the Honorable East India Company. In doing so, the Company achieved lasting effects in India which offer insight into how modern military advisors could improve efforts at security cooperation with foreign allies.

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