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Author Gentry, John A., 1949-

Title How wars are won and lost : vulnerability and military power / John A. Gentry
Published Santa Barbara, CA : Praeger Security International, [2012]
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Contents Introduction -- The Philippine war of 1899-1902 -- The Allied bomber offensive against Germany (1943-1945) -- The United States in Vietnam (1961-1975) -- NATO's war against Yugoslavia (1999) -- The U.S. war in Iraq (2003-2011) -- The U.S. war in Afghanistan (2001-?) -- Summary and conclusions
Summary Military power is a key component of state power. Yet for all the attention statesmen, soldiers, and scholars give to military power, it remains a loose concept. A considerable academic effort has catalogued characteristics of great power wars. Scholars know much about individual wars, and they understand general patterns of war. But prominent theories of military power as a determinant of strategic political/military outcomes remain crude. The purpose of this book is to present, illustrate, and test an alternative general theory of military power defined as an ability to consistently, favorably influence strategic military outcomes -- that is, how and why actors win and lose wars. It also aims to use the theory to help explain why the United States has done very well in some of its military operations but very poorly in others
Notes Title from title screen (viewed October 24, 2011)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Subject Military art and science -- United States
Strategic culture -- United States.
United States -- History, Military -- 20th century.
United States -- History, Military -- 21st century.
Genre/Form Military history.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0313395837 (electronic bk.)
9780313395833 (electronic bk.)
(alk. paper)
(alk. paper)