This edited volume explores and analyses strategic thinking, military reform and adaptation in an era of Asian growth, European austerity and US rebalancing.
A significant shift in policy, strategy and military affairs is underway in both Asia and Europe, with the former gaining increasing prominence in the domain of global security. At the same time, the world’s powers are now faced with an array of diverse challenges. The resurgence of great power politics in both Europe and Asia, along with the long term threats of terrorism, piracy and sustained geopolitical instability has placed great strain on militaries and security institutions operating with constrained budgets and wary public support.
The volume covers a wide range of case studies, including the transformation of China’s military in the 21st century, the internal and external challenges facing India, Russia’s military modernization program and the USA’s reassessment of its strategic interests. In doing so, the book provides the reader with the opportunity to conceptualize how strategic thinking, military reform, operational adaptation and technological integration have interacted with the challenges outlined above. With contributions by leading scholars and practitioners from Europe and Asia, this book provides a valuable contribution to the understanding of strategic and operational thinking and adjustment across the world.
This book will be of much interest to students of military and strategic studies, security studies, defence studies, Asian politics, Russian politics, US foreign policy and IR in general.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction, Jo Inge Bekkevold, Ian Bowers and Michael Raska Part I: Military Change in Asia 2. Managing Military Change in China, Dennis J. Blasko 3. Military Change in Japan: National Defense Program Guidelines as a Main Tool of Management, Isao Miyaoka 4. Garuda rising? Indonesia’s Arduous Process of Military Change, Benjamin Schreer 5. The Management of Military Change: The Case of the Singapore Armed Forces, Bernard Loo Fook Weng 6. The Sources of Military Change in India: An Analysis of Evolving Strategies and Doctrines towards Pakistan, S. Kalyanaraman 7. The Indian Army Adapting to Change: The Case of Counter-Insurgency, Colonel Vivek Chadha Part II: Military Change in Europe 8. Perspectives on Military Change and Transformation in Europe, Sven Bernhard Gareis 9. Managing Military Change in Russia, Katarzyna Zysk 10. Military Change in Britain and Germany in a Time of Austerity: Meeting the Challenge of Cross-national Pooling and Sharing, Tom Dyson 11. Austerity is the New Normal: The Case of Danish Defence Reform, Mikkel Vedby Rasmussen Part III: Military Change in the the United States12. Military Change in an Alliance: NATO and the Combined Joint Task Force Concept, Paal Hilde 13. A New Wary Titan: US Defence Policy in an Era of Military Change, Asian Growth and European Austerity, Austin Long 14. Conclusion, Jo Inge Bekkevold, Ian Bowers and Michael Raska
Jo Inge Bekkevold is Head of the Center for Asian Security Studies at the Norwegian Institute for Defense Studies, Oslo.
Ian Bowers is Assistant Professor at the Center for Asian Security Studies at the Norwegian Institute for Defense Studies, Oslo. He has a PhD in War Studies from Kings College, London.
Michael Raska is a Research Fellow at S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore, and has a PhD from the National University of Singapore.