'Each man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world'
-- Arthur Schopenhauer, Essays and Aphorisms

'Artists are tricky fellows sir, forever shaping the world according to some design of their own'
-- Jonathan Strange, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

Monday, 28 November 2011

Gian Gentile digs a grave for COIN

The argument in 22 November article in World Politics Review is that strategy must win out over tactics, the latter being the domain of counterinsurgency. It's a subscription article and reiterates many of the points Gentile has raised before. Indeed the debate over tactics, up to operations, up to strategy and how these have been conflated and confused, is made by Hew Strachan in Survival. I'm going to write more on this at a later date, since it's fundamental to the reorientation of warfighting after Afghanistan.

The death of doctrine? (Gerome's 'Duel After a Masked Ball', 1857)

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