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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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Explaining Military Outcomes

Explaining Military Outcomes

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(p.207) Chapter 9 Explaining Military Outcomes
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Creating Military Power
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Stephen Biddle

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804753999.003.0009

This chapter explains the implications of effectiveness for outcomes in war. It also explains the link between military effectiveness and war outcomes. In addition, it argues that skill interacts with technology and numerical preponderance in a powerful, nonlinear way. Skill is also important in understanding the role of numerical preponderance in war. It allows militaries to exploit the possibility of terrain to decrease exposure to fire. Armies that cannot decrease their exposure cannot compensate by engaging their opponents' firepower with sheer numbers. Military power has a significant role in the evaluation of international politics. As a matter of fact, much of modern international relations (IR) theory amounts to a debate on its influence over state behavior. It is clear that few topics present a more promising opportunity to combine scholarly significance and policy relevance on significant questions on military success.

Keywords:   military effectiveness, war, skill, technology, numerical preponderance, militaries, firepower, military power, international politics

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