This chapter argues that the sources of military power are probably to be far more diverse, and embedded in broader social, institutional, and international forces, than conventional analyses of military capabilities often suggest. It is observed that social and cultural forces may offer possibilities to produce war. Data also suggest that development of more advanced theories and tests that resolve among different causes of military effectiveness is important. On certain occasions, leaders misestimate their own military strengths and accept destabilizing strategies in interstate conflicts. Moreover, altering the effectiveness relies on a military's capacity to develop well-trained, educated, and experienced officers and enlisted personnel. In general, this book hope that it furthers the interest in analyzing military effectiveness and that it supplies a helpful starting point in this effort.
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