Strategy. The Logic of War and Peace, Revised and Enlarged Edition Edward Luttwak shows—they exemplify the paradoxical logic that pervades the entire. “If you want peace, prepare for war.” “A buildup of offensive weapons can be purely defensive.” “The worst road may be the best route to battle.” Strategy is made. Strategy: The Logic of War and Peace rev. and enlarged ed. by Edward N. Luttwak Cambridge, MA: The Belknap. Press of Harvard University Press,
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The Logic of War and Peace Strategy: Sep 02, Kristyna rated it it was amazing. His discussions on blitzkrieg, defensive depth, culmination points and guided vs unguided weaponry alone are worth the the price of admission.
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France’s determination to construct a fortification line to decrease the number of casualties in a potential war with Germany was more than understandable, yet it persuaded German sgrategy to invade France from Belgium. Jon-Erik rated it it was amazing Mar 06, The middle section of the book deals with the technical, tactical and operational concerns of military strategy as they apply in offense, defense and in interaction with the political sphere.
Published January 31st by Belknap Press: The greatest captains of military history, from Alexander the Great to Napoleon and beyond, were all defeated by less famous enemies, just as the brilliant Rommel was defeated by the infinitely mediocre Montgomery. Luttwak notes that these factors are realities of human existence, but still historians should view each conflict as unique in its own right.
Overall, Luttwak is a realist in his own right, despite his digs at Waltz and systemic realists.
He cites several examples in Bosnia where a fleet of expensive Apache helicopters brought in to deal with insurgents could not be deployed Luttwak sees war as an exhaustive process that eventually comes to a conclusion – and that NGOs interfere with and cruelly prolong the suffering of war.
But equally paradoxical is that the resulting peace creates war by breeding conditions in which advantage must be sought, strategies developed to persuade and dissuade, and the peace won even if war has to be resorted to.
To Luttwak, conflict is inevitable. Most of the time successful strategy creates conditions which may be, eventually, unfavorable. In fact, he tells us, a world in which strategy is being constantly shaped and projected, actively as in war or more deceptively as the grand strategy of winning the peace, is a normal world.
He then offers advice on five distinct levels of strategy: In the calculus of international relations, luuttwak and war are natural states. George Mchenry rated it liked it Jul 06, Apr 18, Billy rated it really liked it Shelves: He discusses the pros and cons of using the element of surprise, the irrati Bravo! Account Options Lluttwak in. Preview — Strategy by Edward N. Jul 31, Nlk marked it as to-read.
In stratevy widely acclaimed work, now revised and expanded, L “If you want peace, prepare for war. Return to Book Page. The author considers the use of the availability of force as a tool of persuasion, where it is effective, and where it is not. Luttwak’s conviction znd later confirmed by several quantitative studies, including Monica Duffy Toft’s article Ending Civil Wars: The latter introduces an idea, also against a common sense logic, that the most powerful states, militarily, technologically and economically, are no longer able to defeat their weaker opponents because of development — when death among young people becomes uncommon and parents expect all their children to reach retirement, justifying casualties becomes difficult for any government.
Strategy: The Logic of War and Peace
International Relations Then and Now: He discusses the pros and cons of using the element of surprise, the irrationality of over-expenditures on nuclear weapons, over-preparation, implementing new technologies, being over or under cautious. I read this because I’m something of a student of history and several respected voices have recommend it to me over the years.
It can appear between different levels of war, when the right tactical decision may result in the worst operational outcome, as seen in the case of French soldiers who abandoned their positions in May to stop a limited German offensive, only to be taken aback by a full force attack.
It can appear when more advanced technology yields a worse result because it discourages the enemy. Nikita rated it it was amazing Mar 03, The former discusses the point that by interrupting conflicts and demanding peace treaties to be signed before the war reaches its natural end, we are only prolonging the conflict by letting all sides rearm. The last section deals with “Grand Strategy” wherein a military command integrates the different sub-strategies of its forces with the national and international goals that they serve.
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Interesting book covering Grand strategy: Luttwak takes the examination of strategy to a level not seen since Clausewitz, and much more readable. The Logic of War and Peace. In this widely acclaimed work, now revised and expanded, Luttwak unveils the peculiar logic of strategy level by level, from grand strategy down to combat tactics.
The greatest virtue of war is that, in destruction, it consumes the ability to continue it indefinitely Lofic book is an excellent read. One of the paradoxes of war, he tells us, is that it creates peace by destroying the means necessary to engage in combat.
War is arguably the greatest Carl Philipp Gottfried von Clausewitz famously wrote, “War is the continuation of politics by other means.