Doing Practical Research and Publishing in Military Studies

Authored by: Patricia M. Shields , Travis A. Whetsell

Routledge Handbook of Research Methods in Military Studies

Print publication date:  June  2014
Online publication date:  June  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415635332
eBook ISBN: 9780203093801
Adobe ISBN: 9781136203312


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Shaping Strategy examines the mechanisms civilian and military leaders use as they decide to engage in war. Specifically it explains success and failure in strategic assessment – the processes and practices nations use to evaluate their strategies in interstate conflict. Brooks carefully lays out a theory, which identifies four key types of strategic assessment. When military and civilian leaders are free to share information privately information sharing (1) is effective. Strategic coordination (2) includes structures compatible with political objects that effectively evaluate military operational plans and military strategies. Authorization (3) incorporates decision processes that follow assessment. Militaries with the ability to be self-critical exhibit structural competence (4). Military promotion mechanisms are a key component here.

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