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Author Gray, Colin S.

Title Categorical confusion? [electronic resource] : the strategic implications of recognizing challenges either as irregular or traditional / Colin S. Gray.

Imprint Carlisle, PA : Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, [2012]

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 Axe Federal Documents Online  D 101.146:C 28    ---  Available
Description 1 online resource (ix, 59 p.)
Series Strategic Studies Institute monograph
SSI monograph.
Note Title from PDF title page (viewed on February 27, 2012).
"February 2012."
Summary Strategic theory should educate to enable effective strategic practice, but much of contemporary theory promotes confusion, not clarity, of suitable understanding. A little strategic theory goes a long way, at least it does if it is austere and focused on essentials. Unfortunately, contemporary strategic conceptualization in the U.S. defense community is prolix, over-elaborate, and it confuses rather than clarifies. Recent debate about irregular, as contrasted allegedly with traditional, challenges to U.S. national security have done more harm than good. Conceptualization of and for an operational level of war can imperil the truly vital nexus between strategy and tactics. In much the same way, the invention of purportedly distinctive categories of challenge endangers the relationship between general theory for statecraft, war, and strategy, and strategic and tactical practice for particular historical cases. It is not helpful to sort challenges into supposedly distinctive categories. But, if such categorization proves politically or bureaucratically unavoidable, its potential for harm can be reduced by firm insistence upon the authority of the general theory of strategy.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 50-59).
Contents Introduction and argument -- What is the problem? -- Challenges : not a simple spectrum -- Preventing and avoiding categorical confusion : how can strategic theory help? -- Conclusions and recommendations.
Subject Psychology, Military -- Armed Forces -- United States.
Operational psychology -- Armed Forces -- United States.
Strategy -- Armed Forces -- United States.
Concepts -- Armed Forces -- United States.
Meaning (Psychology) -- Armed Forces -- United States.
Military art and science -- Armed Forces -- United States.
Irregular warfare -- Armed Forces -- United States.
Military doctrine -- Armed Forces -- United States.
Security, International.
Added Author Army War College (U.S.). Strategic Studies Institute.
ISBN 1584875208
9781584875208
Gpo Item No. 0307-A-31 (online)
Sudoc No. D 101.146:C 28

 
    
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