1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Defence Studies

Edited By David J. Galbreath, John R. Deni Copyright 2018
    412 Pages
    by Routledge

    412 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of Defence Studies provides a comprehensive collection of essays on contemporary defence studies by leading international scholars.

    Defence studies is a multi-disciplinary study of how agents, predominantly states, prepare for and go to war. Whereas security studies has been broadened and stretched to cover at times the near totality of international and domestic affairs, and war studies has come to mean not just operations and tactics but also experiences and outcomes, defence studies remains a coherent area of study primarily aimed at how defence policy changes over time and in relation to stimulating factors such as alterations in power, strategy and technology. This new Handbook offers a complete landscape of this area of study and contributes to a review of defence studies in terms of policy, security and war, but also looks forward to new challenges to existing conceptions of defence and how this is changing as states and their militaries also change. The volume is divided into four thematic sections: Defence as Policy; Defence Practice; Operations and Tactics; and Contemporary Defence Issues. The ability to review the field while also looking forward to further research is an important element of a sustainable text on defence studies. In as much as this volume is able to highlight the main themes of defence studies, it also offers an in-depth look into how defence issues can be examined and compared in a contemporary setting.

    This Handbook will be of great interest to students of defence studies, strategic studies, war studies, security studies and IR.

    Introduction, David J. Galbreath and John R. Deni

              Part I: Defence as Policy

    1. Defence as Policy, Trevor Taylor
    2. Defence as War, Olivier Schmitt
    3. Defence as Security, Hannah E. Dönges and Stephanie C. Hofmann
    4. Methods in Defence Studies, Delphine Deschaux-Dutard
    5. Part II: Defence Practice

    6. Defence Budgets, Keith Hartley
    7. Defence Procurement, Matthew Uttley
    8. Recruiting and Retention to Sustain a Volunteer Military Force Defence Education, Beth J. Asch and John T. Warner
    9. Professional Military Education, Victoria Syme-Taylor and Duraid Jalili
    10. Military Logistics, Mahyar Amouzegar
    11. Military Doctrine, Harald Høiback
    12. Strategy, Thomas G. Mahnken
    13. Defence Strategic Culture: Between Power and Rules, Julian Lindley-French
    14. Civil-Military Relations, Birthe Anders
    15. Part III: Operations and Tactics

    16. Land warfare, Christopher Tuck
    17. Air warfare, Viktoriya Fedorchak
    18. Naval warfare, Alessio Patalano
    19. Insurgency and Counterinsurgency, Celeste Ward Gventer
    20. Nuclear Warfare and Deterrence, John Friend and Bradley A. Thayer
    21. Cyber warfare, Chris Bronk
    22. Joint combined operations, Thomas Drohan
    23. Peace operations, Berma Klein Goldewijk and Joseph Soeters
    24. Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Adam D.M. Svendsen
    25. Part IV: Contemporary Defence Issues

    26. Public Opinion and Defence, Bastian Giegerich
    27. The Role of Private Military Corporations in Defence, Mark Erbel and Christopher Kinsey
    28. Resilience, Security and Defence, Brett Edwards
    29. Military Transformation, Peter Dombrowski
    30. Military Robots and Drones, Ulrike Esther Franke
    31. Military Alliances, James Sperling
    32. Security Assistance, John R. Deni
    33. Future War, Manabrata Guha


    David J. Galbreath is Professor of International Security and Director of the Centre for Security and Technology at the University of Bath, UK. He is former Editor-in-Chief of European Security (2009–2015) and Defence Studies (2013–2016), and author of, most recently, The European Minority Rights Regime (2012, with Joanne McEvoy).

    John R. Deni is Research Professor of Security Studies at the US Army War College’s Strategic Studies Institute and an adjunct lecturer at American University’s School of International Service. He is author of NATO and Article 5 (2017).