Reading for War

'Reviewing The Direction of War & Strategy: Context and Adaptation'

By Chris Field April 19, 2018


 

One definition of strategy is "the art and science of developing and employing instruments of national power in a synchronised and integrated fashion to achieve theatre, national and/or multinational objectives."  [1]

  In this article from The Strategy Bridge Chris reviews 'The Direction of War: Contemporary Strategy in Historical Perspective' and 'Strategy: Context and Adaptation from Archidamus to Airpower' and explains how they support this definition. He believes that these two books are valuable contemporary sources of practical examples and ideas for how civilian and military leaders, at all levels, work to harmonise policy, strategy and operations.

Copies of 'The Direction of War: Contemporary Strategy in Historical Perspective' and 'Strategy: Context and Adaptation from Archidamus to Airpower' are available from the Defence Library Service (DPN only)

  [1] Department of Defence, Australian Defence Doctrinal Publication 7.0: Doctrine and Training, Department of Defence: Canberra, 2011, glossary of terms.        


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Biography

Chris Field

Chris Field serves in the Australian Army and is the incoming Commander Forces Command. He previously served as Vice Director of Operations, United States Central Command.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Australian Army, the Department of Defence or the Australian Government.



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