A Swift, Elusive Sword: What if Sun Tzu and John Boyd Did a National Defense Review?
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...more
Paperback, 88 pages
Published February 28th 2003 by Center for Defense Information
(first published February 2003)
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Sep 01, 2008 James rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone concerned with America's well-being
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...more