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A study of national security and military strategy by Col. Chester Richards (USAF Ret.), suggests that ancient strategic wisdom may help solve the dilemma confronting the U.S. military: spending on defense exceeds that of any combination of potential adversaries, but the services still face cancellation of weapon systems and lack of funds for training, spares, and care and A study of national security and military strategy by Col. Chester Richards (USAF Ret.), suggests that ancient strategic wisdom may help solve the dilemma confronting the U.S. military: spending on defense exceeds that of any combination of potential adversaries, but the services still face cancellation of weapon systems and lack of funds for training, spares, and care and feeding of the troops. Richards suggests U.S. military leaders can break out of the "dollars equals defense" mindset, and create more effective forces. The second edition contains a new forward written in response to the effects that the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against the United States have engendered in the U.S. military.


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A study of national security and military strategy by Col. Chester Richards (USAF Ret.), suggests that ancient strategic wisdom may help solve the dilemma confronting the U.S. military: spending on defense exceeds that of any combination of potential adversaries, but the services still face cancellation of weapon systems and lack of funds for training, spares, and care and A study of national security and military strategy by Col. Chester Richards (USAF Ret.), suggests that ancient strategic wisdom may help solve the dilemma confronting the U.S. military: spending on defense exceeds that of any combination of potential adversaries, but the services still face cancellation of weapon systems and lack of funds for training, spares, and care and feeding of the troops. Richards suggests U.S. military leaders can break out of the "dollars equals defense" mindset, and create more effective forces. The second edition contains a new forward written in response to the effects that the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against the United States have engendered in the U.S. military.

35 review for A Swift, Elusive Sword: What if Sun Tzu and John Boyd Did a National Defense Review?

  1. 4 out of 5

    James

    Excellent - sound, well-organized, well-reasoned. This was written in early 2003; some of the author's thoughts have been confirmed, others disproven by events since then in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Georgia, as well as by some aspects of the development of the Chinese military. Nevertheless, as the author says at the end, the parts focused on people and ideas relative to 3rd generation/maneuver and 4th generation warfare are closely grounded in the work of Sun Tzu and John Boyd, and are dead on an Excellent - sound, well-organized, well-reasoned. This was written in early 2003; some of the author's thoughts have been confirmed, others disproven by events since then in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Georgia, as well as by some aspects of the development of the Chinese military. Nevertheless, as the author says at the end, the parts focused on people and ideas relative to 3rd generation/maneuver and 4th generation warfare are closely grounded in the work of Sun Tzu and John Boyd, and are dead on and vital to our national security, including our economy and non-military well-being. Every member of the executive and legislative branches and their staffs should make this short volume (76 pages) required reading.

  2. 4 out of 5

    ADD

    I found this very engaging. However, it was printed a few months before the attacks on NYC and the Pentagon. Therefore, some of his assumptions were voided a few months after. Still the author gave some interesting perspective on the over-emphasis on technological solutions at the expense of the controlling technology - the people involved. The edition I read was actually published by Center for Defense Information in May 2001.

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