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Categorical confusion? : the strategic implications of recognizing challenges either as irregular or traditional, Colin S. Gray

Label
Categorical confusion? : the strategic implications of recognizing challenges either as irregular or traditional
Title
Categorical confusion?
Title remainder
the strategic implications of recognizing challenges either as irregular or traditional
Statement of responsibility
Colin S. Gray
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Strategic theory should educate to enable effective strategic practice, but much of contemporary theory promotes confusion, not clarity, of suitable understanding. A little strategic theory goes a long way, at least it does if it is austere and focused on essentials. Unfortunately, contemporary strategic conceptualization in the U.S. defense community is prolix, over-elaborate, and it confuses rather than clarifies. Recent debate about irregular, as contrasted allegedly with traditional, challenges to U.S. national security have done more harm than good. Conceptualization of and for an operational level of war can imperil the truly vital nexus between strategy and tactics. In much the same way, the invention of purportedly distinctive categories of challenge endangers the relationship between general theory for statecraft, war, and strategy, and strategic and tactical practice for particular historical cases. It is not helpful to sort challenges into supposedly distinctive categories. But, if such categorization proves politically or bureaucratically unavoidable, its potential for harm can be reduced by firm insistence upon the authority of the general theory of strategy
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Cataloging source
AWC
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Gray, Colin S
Government publication
federal national government publication
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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Army War College (U.S.)
Series statement
Strategic Studies Institute monograph
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  • Psychology, Military
  • Operational psychology
  • Strategy
  • Concepts
  • Meaning (Psychology)
  • Military art and science
  • Irregular warfare
  • Military doctrine
  • Security, International
Target audience
general
Label
Categorical confusion? : the strategic implications of recognizing challenges either as irregular or traditional, Colin S. Gray
Link
http://purl.fdlp.gov/GPO/gpo19459
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Title from PDF title page (viewed on February 27, 2012)
  • "February 2012."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 50-59)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction and argument -- What is the problem? -- Challenges : not a simple spectrum -- Preventing and avoiding categorical confusion : how can strategic theory help? -- Conclusions and recommendations
Control code
19527241
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (ix, 59 pages).
Form of item
online
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)ocn778377521
Label
Categorical confusion? : the strategic implications of recognizing challenges either as irregular or traditional, Colin S. Gray
Link
http://purl.fdlp.gov/GPO/gpo19459
Publication
Note
  • Title from PDF title page (viewed on February 27, 2012)
  • "February 2012."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 50-59)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction and argument -- What is the problem? -- Challenges : not a simple spectrum -- Preventing and avoiding categorical confusion : how can strategic theory help? -- Conclusions and recommendations
Control code
19527241
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (ix, 59 pages).
Form of item
online
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)ocn778377521

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