The Science of War: Strategies, Tactics, and Logistics

The Science of War: Strategies, Tactics, and Logistics

by Robert Curley

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781615306633
Publisher: Britannica Educational Publishing
Publication date: 12/15/2011
Series: Britannica Guide to War Series
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 7.60(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 15 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction viii

Chapter 1 Strategy 1

Fundamentals of Strategy 1

Caesar Conquers Gaul-and Wins Rome 4

Historical Development 5

Strategy in Antiquity 5

Medieval Strategy 8

Strategy in the Early Modern Period 9

The French Revolution and the Emergence of Modern Strategies 10

Lincoln's Anaconda Plan 12

Strategy in the Age of Total War 15

The Battle of the Atlantic 16

Strategy in the Age of Nuclear Weapons 19

Arms Control 23

Strategy and Wars of National Liberation 25

Strategy and Terrorism 28

Chapter 2 Tactics 32

Fundamentals of Tactics 33

Victory Through Force and Guile 33

The Need for Flexibility 34

The Importance of Terrain 34

Historical Development 35

Tribal and Ancient Tactics 35

Battle of Gaugamela 39

Medieval Tactics in the West 41

Longbowmen at Agincourt 45

The Advent of Firearms 46

Tactics from Waterloo to the Bulge 51

Tanks at Cambrai 57

From Conventional War to Terrorism 62

Chapter 3 Logistics 68

Fundamentals of Logistics 68

Components of Logistics 70

Special Features of Naval Logistics 76

Power Versus Movement 76

Hannibal Crosses the Alps 78

Historical Development 79

Logistic Systems Before 1850 79

Logistics in the Industrial Era 82

Mulberry 89

Logistics in the Nuclear Age 91

Diego Garcia 94

Chapter 4 Guerrilla Warfare 102

History 102

Early History 103

Origins of Modern Guerrilla Warfare 105

The Cold War Period 108

General Giap 109

The Post-Cold War Period 111

Principles 111

Purpose and Motivation 112

Popular Support 112

Leaders and Recruits 113

Organization and Unity of Command 113

Arms 115

Sanctuary and Support 115

Terror 116

Strategy and Tactics 117

Lawrence of Arabia 120

Counterguerrilla Warfare 121

Chapter 5 Topics in 21st-Century Warfare 127

The Limits of High Technology: Afghanistan, 2001-02 127

New Weapons 128

Logistic Challenges 129

Remote Command and Information Overload 129

War and the Media: Iraq, 2003 129

"Embedded" Versus "Unilateral" Journalists 130

Managing Media Access 131

Winners and Losers 133

POWs and the War on Terrorism: Iraq and Afghanistan, 2004 133

Abu Ghraib Prison 133

Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp 134

POWs and the Geneva Conventions 136

Legal Uncertainty 137

Political Uncertainty 138

Piracy on the High Seas: Indian Ocean, 2005 139

Piracy Ancient and Modern 140

Piracy for Gain or Terror 140

Defense 141

Piracy in the Malacca Strait 142

Outsourcing War: Iraq, 2006 142

The Evolution of PMFs 143

Effects on the Military 143

Legal Issues 144

Advances in Battlefield Medicine: Iraq and Afghanistan, 2007 145

Battlefield First Aid 145

Evacuation for Treatment and Surgery 146

Extended Car and Rehabilitation 148

Child Soldiers: Africa and Asia, 2009 148

The Recruitment of Children 150

The Reintegration of Child Soldiers 151

UAVs: Middle East and South Asia, 2009 152

A Growing Technology 152

A Mixed Record 154

Future Uses in War and Peace 155

War on Computers and Networks: Cyberspace, 2010 155

Attacks in Cyberspace 156

Cybercrime, Cyberespionage, or Cyberwar? 158

Cyberattack and Cyberdefense 159

Stuxnet 161

Conclusion 162

Glossary 164

Bibliography 166

Index 170

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