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    Chaos and RMAs do not euate to the end of strategy In this book Gray takes aim at the fads in strategic thinking generated by the import of chaos theory into social sciences and the growing belief in the transformative effects of Revolutions in Military Affairs The case made is convincing mainly for its well supported and constructed argumentation After the initial explanatory chapters on chaos theory RMAs and and their relationship to strategy Gray turns to exploring the supposed RMAs of Napoleon WWI and the nuclear age By the time Gray concludes the book by emphasizing that Strategy is a Duel the reader has gained a greater appreciation why chaos theory and RMA though useful concepts for understanding and analyzing strategic history do not euate to the end of strategy The starting point is Gray's simple yet effective definition of strategy as the bridge that links military means to political ends If military operations are divorced from their political ends the results are invariably negative Gray draws on Napoleon and Ludendorf's ultimate failures as examples of this This ties into the folly over reliance on RMA's as a substitute for strategy As Gray points out war and by extension strategy is a dialectic process and no RMA survives intact the counteracting behaviour of an alert intelligent and competent foe It is therefore best to view assess and employ the transformative nature of RMA's as a form of strategic behaviour not as a replacement for strategySimilarly Gray sees chaos theory as providing a number of useful insights in understanding strategic behaviour and the conduct of war But he is at pains to emphasize that if 'chaos rules' strategy is impossible Chaos theory however does not mean that purposeful behaviour has no roll in or impact on conflict Gray defines the uestion of chaos and strategy as Is strategy so complex so nonlinear and so chaotic that purposeful strategic behaviour is impracticable? He finds and he uses his case studies well in supporting this finding that strategic behaviour generally is possible even though the true whole structure and dynamics of strategy are literally beyond anyone's comprehension The world is complex and exhibits the charactersitics of a chaotic system; however this does not preclude the development of a coherent yet adaptable strategy that optimises the employment of military force to meet the ends of policyIn all I found this a useful book for framing and understanding relationship between chaos theory RMAs and strategy The argumentation was thought provoking though Gray's usual acerbic critiues of those with whom he does not agree can annoy at timesI would recommend this book to any reader interested in the military history strategy or technology I would particularly recommend it to those who embrace the need for interdisciplinary study of strategy and strategic history


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E wars of the French Revolution and Napoleon; in World War I; and in the nuclear age The focus of his analysis is how these grand RMAs functioned strategically The conclusions that he draws from these empirical exercises are then applied to help us understand what indeed is and what is not happening with the much vaunted information technology led RMA of toda The Deception of the Emerald Ring (Pink Carnation, nuclear age The focus of his analysis is how these grand RMAs functioned strategically The conclusions that he draws from these empirical exercises are then applied to help us understand what indeed is and what is The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (Harold Fry, not happening with the much vaunted information technology led RMA of toda

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Strategy for Chaos Revolutions in Military Affairs and The Evidence of History Strategy and History Series

In this volume Professor Colin Gray develops and applies the theory and scholarship on the allegedly historical practice of the 'Revolution in Military Affairs' RMA in order to improve our comprehension of how and why strategy 'works'The author explores the RMA hypothesis both theoretically and historically The book argues that the conduct of an RMA has to be

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Examined as a form of strategic behaviour which means that of necessity it must work as strategy works The great RMA debate of the 1990s is reviewed empathetically though sceptically by the author with every major school of thought allowed its day in courtThe author presents three historical RMAs as case studies for his argument those arguably revealed in th