This textbook provides a comprehensive introduction to modern strategy, covering the context, theory, and practice of military strategy in all its different forms.
Covering all the main issues in the field, the book explores the major themes through a combination of classical and modern strategic theory, history, and current practice. It is split into three main sections:
This second edition brings the book up to date by including discussions of the rise and fall of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS); the emergence of robotics and artificial intelligence; major events in space and cyberspace; and the growing profile of nuclear weapons. Each chapter presents the reader with a succinct summary of the topic, provides a challenging analysis of current issues, and finishes with key points, questions for discussion, and further reading.
This book will be essential reading for upper-level students of strategic studies, war studies, military history, and international security.
Part I: Context
2. The human dimension of strategy
3. The ethics of war
6. Grand strategy
Part II: The geographic domains
8. Sea power
9. Air power
10. Space power
11. Cyber power
Part IV: Contemporary strategic challenges
14. Insurgency and counterinsurgency
Conclusion: patterns in grand strategy today