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Creating Military PowerThe Sources of Military Effectiveness$
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Risa A. Brooks and Elizabeth A. Stanley

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780804753999

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804753999.001.0001

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Civil-Military Relations and Military Effectiveness: Egypt in the 1967 and 1973 Wars

Civil-Military Relations and Military Effectiveness: Egypt in the 1967 and 1973 Wars

(p.106) Chapter 5 Civil-Military Relations and Military Effectiveness: Egypt in the 1967 and 1973 Wars
Creating Military Power

Risa A. Brooks

Stanford University Press

This chapter investigates how variation in the political-military balance of power in a state influences its military activities and effectiveness. It compares two cases of autocratic states that show characteristics of shared power and political dominance, respectively: Egypt in the mid-1960s and Egypt in the 1970s. It is believed that the balance of power between military and political leaders profoundly affected military effectiveness through its influences on structures and processes important to organizing military activity and preparing for war. In 1973, Egypt has been able to obtain significant political, strategic, operational, and tactical integration in its military activity. Its performance made the most of its resources in men and equipment to attain its political objectives. The Egypt case generally indicates that special attention must be paid to the specific dynamics of civil-military relations: power relations between political and military leaders are fundamental in predicting the state's military effectiveness.

Keywords:   military effectiveness, military activity, Egypt, civil-military relations, power relations, political-military balance, war

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