The Resource Afghanistan and the future of warfare : implications for Army and defense policy, Stephen Biddle, (electronic resource)

Afghanistan and the future of warfare : implications for Army and defense policy, Stephen Biddle, (electronic resource)

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Afghanistan and the future of warfare : implications for Army and defense policy
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Afghanistan and the future of warfare
Title remainder
implications for Army and defense policy
Statement of responsibility
Stephen Biddle
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Language
eng
Summary
America's novel use of special forces, precision weapons, and indigenous allies has attracted widespread attention since its debut in Northern Afghanistan last fall. It has proven both influential and controversial. Many think it caused the Taliban's sudden collapse. For them, this "Afghan Model" represents warfare's future, and should become the new template for US defense planning. Critics, however, see Afghanistan as an anomaly - a non-repeatable product of local conditions. This briefing examines the Afghan Model's actual role in the fall of the Taliban using evidence collected from a combination of 45 participant interviews, terrain inspection in Afghanistan, and written documentation from both official and unofficial sources. The results suggest that neither of the main current interpretations is sound: Afghanistan offers important clues to warfare's future, but not the ones most people think. The campaign of 2001-2 was a surprisingly orthodox air-ground theater campaign in which heavy fire support decided a contest between two significant land armies. Of course, some elements were quite new. Precision firepower was available in unprecedented quantity and proved crucial for success; special operations forces served as the main effort in a theater of war. In an important sense, though, the differences were less salient than the continuities: the key to success in both Afghanistan and traditional joint warfare was the close interaction of fire and maneuver, neither of which was sufficient alone and neither of which could succeed without sizeable ground forces trained and equipped at least as well as their opponents. In Afghanistan, our allies provided these ground forces for us; where others can do so, the Afghan Model can be expected to prevail. Hence Afghanistan is not unique
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GAO
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Biddle, Stephen D
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federal national government publication
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  • illustrations
  • maps
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no index present
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non fiction
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  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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Army War College (U.S.)
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  • War on Terrorism, 2001-2009
  • Military doctrine
  • Afghanistan
  • United States
  • United States
  • Afghanistan
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Afghanistan and the future of warfare : implications for Army and defense policy, Stephen Biddle, (electronic resource)
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Publication
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  • Title from title screen (viewed Dec. 17, 2002)
  • "November 2002."
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Includes bibliographical references
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online resource
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cr
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rdacarrier
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mixed
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Electronic data.
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
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51046577
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unknown
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electronic
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computer
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rdamedia
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c
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remote
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(GPO)99106316
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  • System requirements: Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Mode of access: Internet from the SSI web site. Address as of 12/17/02: http://www.carlisle.army.mil/ssi/pubs/2002/afghan/afghan.pdf; current access is available via PURL
Type of computer file
Electronic book.
Label
Afghanistan and the future of warfare : implications for Army and defense policy, Stephen Biddle, (electronic resource)
Publication
Note
  • Title from title screen (viewed Dec. 17, 2002)
  • "November 2002."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Computer file characteristics
Electronic data.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
51046577
Dimensions
unknown
Form of item
electronic
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(GPO)99106316
System details
  • System requirements: Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Mode of access: Internet from the SSI web site. Address as of 12/17/02: http://www.carlisle.army.mil/ssi/pubs/2002/afghan/afghan.pdf; current access is available via PURL
Type of computer file
Electronic book.

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