While the development of theory as a positive doctrine for war and. The art of war is an ancient chinese military treatise attributed to sun tzu, a highranking military general, strategist and tactician. The newest science of military strategy 20 does not yet have an englishlanguage translation, but the previous version 2001 has a welltranslated edition 2005 that is worth a few hours of your reading time. Apr 15, 2020 military leaders are taking longerterm, strategic steps to ensure safety for all military personnel. In may 2015, chinas state council information office released chinas defence white paper 2014, titled chinas military strategy. The 33 strategies of war, the 48 laws of power by robert greene. Yi ming author see all formats and editions hide other formats and editions. Hell, most people probably couldnt tell you the difference between strategy and tactics or even know there is a difference. Indeed, the word strategy has its roots in warfare. The science of military strategy unsurprising in a work that seeks to present strategy in the context of modern or hightech conditions of conflict, avoiding the more abstract elements of the classical texts the substance of these theories of the mental battlefield remains a strong undercurrent in. In its capstone doctrinal manual, doctrine for the armed forces of the united states joint staff 20, the u. This is a modification of maos writings on protracted war, reducing it from a primary strategy to a strategy of last resort, and it leans towards suntzus ideals of seeking quick resolution to battles. What are the best introduction to military science books.
Maintain technological superiority in warfighting equipment. Search the worlds most comprehensive index of fulltext books. Updated below in 20, the academy of military sciences of the peoples liberation army of china issued a revised edition of its authoritative, influential publication the science of military strategy sms for the first time since 2001. Strategy and tactics, military scholastic books for kids. The term military science generally describes the body of theories, concepts, and methods for employing armed forces.
List of books and articles about military strategy online research. Many of the books listed in this work are military clas sics, that is, books of recognized value that set a standard of historical or literary excellence. Find the top 100 most popular items in amazon books best sellers. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. This is unfortunate, because strategy is something that is critically relevant to. On a related point, one of the things ive faulted political science and. Focused mainly on the history of land warfare, this bibliography begins with a general section. Derived from the greek word strategos, the term strategy, when it appeared in use during the 18th century, was seen in its narrow sense as the art of the general, or the art of arrangement of troops. Which are the best books to read on military tactics and war. The history of strategic management mastering strategic. It presents us with an eastern tradition of strategic thought that emphasizes outwitting one. The science of military strategy paperback january 1, 2005.
It aims to correct and complement the common interpretation of his work, while in addition showing the impact of this body of strategic thought on u. Military science books military science and history libguides at. Its publish began much debate about the plas direction under xi jinping, and the focus or goals of then upcoming pla reforms that began in. Key military conflicts and events have shaped the understanding of strategic management figure 1. If you join the military, you will be taught tactics and strategy at your level, and then especially as an officer are expected to continue your education throughout your career, expected to do your own reading and study, and will be required to. The greek verb strategos means army leader and the idea of stratego from which we get the word strategy refers to defeating an enemy by effectively using resources. To examine how chinas approach to military strategy is changing, this chapter compares the 20 edition of the science of military strategy with the 2001 edition. The science of military strategy is taught in chinese military academies. The art of war is a mustread book on military theory and strategy. But if i had not, these books still would have given me a priceless education as they have for millions of other people. Broadly stated, strategy is the planning, coordination, and general direction of military operations to meet overall political and military objectives. The ancient chinese strategist sun tzu made it clear that strategic management is part art. Instead of nations in conflict, authors present planets. Each new edition of the sms is closely scrutinized by.
But its maxims can be applied by those far outside the combat arms. The best military science fiction is built on great stories of soldiers, marines, sailors, and those that lead them. Others evaluate or expand on the military classics. The development of military strategy under contemporary. Robert is a crack researcher and storyteller he has a profound ability to explain timeless.
Military science article about military science by the free. The science of military strategy 20 edition description. The 14 best military nonfiction books of alltime paul szoldra. Science, strategy and war strategy and history 9781843764564. If analysts writing on us military strategy toward china want to improve the public debate, these analytical gaps must be filled. Liddell hart was one of the more devout believers that the scientific study of warfare would reveal a few truths of experience which seem so universal, and so fundamental, as to be termed axioms. Of course, i am biased because i trained under robert. China hasnt fought wars for a long time the last time was the border war with vietnam which didnt go too well. Chinas military strategy the state council information office of the peoples republic of china may 2015, beijing contents preface i. Best military science fiction books lets put together a list of the best in military science fiction. Antebellum military science, west point, and the origins of american military thought july 22, 2016 muslims and crusaders.
John keegans classic the face of battle would be a good starting point. It is mainly focused on theory, method, and practice of producing military capability in a manner consistent with national defense policy. So sun zis book is generally published as the art of war in english. Officials have frozen units in place overseas and delayed new assignments, recruit training. Military leaders are taking longerterm, strategic steps to ensure safety for all military personnel. Tasks for military science general of the army valery gerasimov, chief of the russian general staff, the traditional annual conference at the academy of military sciences is a platform for military specialists to exchange opinions on the most current and problematic issues of military science. Strategy isnt something thats taught well in school. However, as an academic discipline it is ill defined, drawing from a patchwork of curricula including history, foreign affairs, security studies, leadership, operations management, and systems engineering, as well as other elements of the physical and social sciences. Importantly, civilmilitary agreement on warfighting strategy does not undermine this explanation, which assumes that civilian leaders, and ultimately the public, play an essential role in that. Military practice from the revolution to afghanistanthe direction of war.
As a subgenre of science fiction, scifi military books often imagine the future of war, relying heavily on speculative technology and, oftentimes, extraterrestrial combatants. He discusses national security interests, strategic building blocks, military strategies across the conflict spectrum, methods for. An accessible window into chinese military thought. The 20 publication of the science of military strategy is an essential source for understanding how chinas thinking about military strategy is changing. List of books and articles about military strategy. Discover the best military strategy history in best sellers.
The development of military strategy under contemporary conditions. Collins has distilled the wisdom of history s great military minds to tutor readers on the necessary intellectual skills to win not only battles but also wars. Chinas science of military strategy 20 federation of. Military science serves to identify the strategic, political, economic. The component parts of current soviet military science are the theory of the art of war strategy, operational art, and tactics, in which principles and recommendations on preparation for and waging military operations are worked out. List of books and articles about military strategy online.
Military science books outlining usmc theories, examination of past military conflicts, and developing skills for military strategy. Online shopping for strategy military from a great selection at books store. Sep 30, 2014 among influential 20 thcentury military theorists, b. A stunning penguin classics deluxe edition of the worlds most famous military treatise, by the awardwinning translator. Missions and strategic tasks of chinas armed forces iii. There are a myriad of books that you can read about warfare, battles and strategy. Military strategy and tactics are essential to the conduct of warfare. You need to get down the basics of how an army on the move operates and thinks. Many authors rely on historical events, such as hannibal or the vietnam war, and transcribe them for the future. Major steps toward developing the scientific aspect of strategic management were taken in the early twentieth century by frederick w. The acceptance of military theories of strategy by military professionals, however, has been slow to take. In 1911, taylor published the principles of scientific management.
Since this book has deliberately been made accessible to an overseas audience, it is important to reflect on what message its englishlanguage publication may be intended to convey. He illuminates practices that worked well or poorly in the past, together with reasons why. Military science is the study of military processes, institutions, and behavior, along with the study of warfare, and the theory and application of organized coercive force. Discover librarianselected research resources on military strategy from the questia online library, including fulltext online books, academic journals. What is the best way to learn military tactics and. Tzu offers advice relevant to everyone from army generals to ceos. Tactics implement strategy by shortterm decisions on the movement of troops and employment of weapons on the field of battle. The best books on military strategy five books expert. The text is composed of chapters, each of which is devoted to one aspect of warfare. Military strategy is a set of ideas implemented by military organizations to pursue desired strategic goals. Choose from used and new textbooks or get instant access with etextbooks and digital materials.
The best books on military strategy, as recommended by antulio echevarria, editor of the us army. Christianitys wars in the middle east, 109582, from the islamic sources. Technological superiority underpins our national military strategy, allowing us to field the most potent military forces by making best use of our resources, both economic and human. His initial chapter is on the nature of classical military science, but then diverges in his discussion to give a very practical you are there discussion of three histori. There are three and only three types of military strategy. Dipping into these books in preparation for meeting you today, there seems to be quite a lot. Prc science of military strategy on preparing for future. Jun 02, 2015 the newest science of military strategy 20 does not yet have an englishlanguage translation, but the previous version 2001 has a welltranslated edition 2005 that is worth a few hours of your reading time. Military strategy deals with the planning and conduct of campaigns, the movement. The greek verb strategos means army leader and the idea of stratego from which we get the word strategy refers to defeating an enemy by effectively using.
Here, one is pursuing an indirect objective, using military power not against the enemys armies or navies. Texts about military strategy take us back into the mists of time but what it is, and what the nature of war is, remains hotly debated. Later this year, a new book should be out assessing the changes and evolution of the science of military strategy. A strategy which seeks the gradual erosion of an enemy nations will or means to resist. Changing contexts of chinese military strategy and doctrine 9 preface the study of chinese military strategy in its various dimensions and facets is a continuous process. Us military takes on longerterm strategy to tackle the. The 20 science of military strategy sms is an update on the previous 1987 and 2001 editions of the same title published by the academy of military sciences ams.639 571 1002 319 1119 1119 997 1395 613 522 1301 580 1446 194 85 720 898 659 672 1170 1370 124 1280 570 165 1151 268 1474 858 276 570 664 969 1082 561 612 532 973 597 1370 454 540 1399 1273 971 493