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

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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 ...more
Paperback, 88 pages
Published February 28th 2003 by Center for Defense Information (first published May 1st 2001)
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Jun 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
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Jun 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
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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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Chet Richards was a close associate of the late US Air Force Colonel John R. Boyd from the mid-1970s until Boyd s death in 1997. Boyd had asked him to review the mathematical portions of his first civilian paper, Destruction and Creation, and this led to a collaboration that eventually included applications to the business world.

Chet Richards career began at the Pentagon in 1971, and has included
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