Strategy for Chaos: Revolutions in Military Affairs and

Strategy for Chaos: Revolutions in Military Affairs and the Evidence of History 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 worksThe author explores the RMA hypothesis both theoretically and historically The book argues that the conduct of an RMA has to be examined as a form of strategic behaviour, which means that, of necessity, it must work as strategy works The great RMA debate of the s 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 the 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 today

About the Author: Colin S. Gray

Colin S Gray was a British American strategic thinker and professor of International Relations and Strategic Studies at the University of Reading, where he was the director of the Centre for Strategic Studies In addition, he was a Senior Associate to the National Institute for Public Policy.Gray was educated at the University of Manchester and the University of Oxford He worked at the International Institute for Strategic Studies and the Hudson Institute, before founding the National Institute for Public Policy in Washington, D.C He also served as a defense adviser both to the British and U.S governments Gray served from 1982 until 1987 in the Reagan Administration s General Advisory Committee on Arms Control and Disarmament Further, he taught at the University of Hull, the University of Lancaster, York University, Toronto and University of British Columbia Gray published 23 books on military history and strategic studies, as well as numerous articles.

10 thoughts on “Strategy for Chaos: Revolutions in Military Affairs and the Evidence of History

  1. Trav Trav says:

    Chaos and RMAs do not equate 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 chap

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