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Military Adaptation in War: With Fear of Change
Military Adaptation in War addresses one of the most persistent, yet rarely examined, problems that military organizations confront: namely, the problem of how to adapt under the trying, terrifying conditions of war. This work builds on the volume that Professor Williamson Murray edited with Allan Millett on military innovation (a quite different problem, though similar in ...more
Hardcover, 342 pages
Published October 10th 2011 by Cambridge University Press
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Jul 08, 2012 Jonathan Jeckell rated it it was amazing
Simply amazing. Williamson Murray differentiates military adaptation (what you do in war) from military innovation (which is done in peacetime to prepare for war) and uses several case studies to examine why some organizations succeed or fail at this. Moreover, the book shows that some organizations were very effective at one time or in certain conditions, but utterly failed under others. For example, the German Army was extremely good at critical, frank examination of the current operational en ...more
A useful insight into adaptation of military organizations during war, that challenges the idea previous wars are not to give correct lessons for the conduct of future wars. The formulation that many fail the next war because they prepare for the last is not thus completely true at least for the reason that the winners do not properly study the reasons of their own victories, and they do not equally study the reason of the defeat of the opponent, they do not properly study also the interaction o ...more
I enjoyed this book as it relates to how militaries adapt during war. Murray is able to transition from tactical to operational to strategic historical points, but often spends too much time on tactical considerations that can be tedious to get through. I thought Murray could have spent some more time translating historical lessons leanred to modern conflicts we find ourselves in
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