How Wars Are Won and Lost: Vulnerability and Military Power by John A. Gentry

By John A. Gentry

This interesting booklet examines a query that maintains to puzzle squaddies, statesmen, and students: why do significant powers—including the ostensible superpower United States—repeatedly practice poorly opposed to doubtless overmatched adversaries? And what can they, and the us, do to higher in achieving their army objectives?How Wars are received and misplaced: Vulnerability and army strength argues that past depending exclusively on overwhelming army may, the USA must concentration extra on exploiting weaknesses of their adversaries—such as nationwide will, source mobilization, and strategic miscues—just as opposing forces have performed to realize virtue over our army efforts. the writer assessments the "vulnerability idea" by way of revisiting six conflicts from the Philippine warfare of 1899-1902 to the continuing activities in Iraq and Afghanistan, exhibiting time and again that victory frequently relies extra on outthinking the enemy than outmuscling them.

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S. S. S. S. 118 While it was poorly executed and failed, Aguinaldo’s concept of using tactical military operations to help achieve a strategic political objective was sound and anticipated more effective such strategies used repeatedly against the United States in later wars. S. S. S. S. 124 Aguinaldo’s people successfully produced and disseminated some propaganda. S. S. prisoners and dead American soldiers. But other nationalist propaganda was heavy handed and ineffective. S. S. adversaries—and the topic generated little sensitivity among the American public.

62 The lessons of the Civil War and the Indian wars were institutionalized in ways conducive to effective counterinsurgency operations in the Philippines. O. 100 as a doctrinal guide, drawing on what we now might call counterinsurgency doctrine that was consistent with The Philippine War of 1899–1902 31 existing army culture. Troops were comfortable with nation building as a legitimate military task. These capacities developed despite some other, major constraints and overt problems. S. operations in the Philippines in much of 1899.

S. prisoners and dead American soldiers. But other nationalist propaganda was heavy handed and ineffective. S. S. adversaries—and the topic generated little sensitivity among the American public. S. S. troops and civilian administrators well exploited in late 1900 and early 1901 through increased military pressure and the amnesty program. S. S. 129 Chaired by imperialist Senator Henry Cabot Lodge, the investigating committee found individual wrongdoing but no administration culpability for American atrocities on Samar or elsewhere.

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