Explorations in Strategy

Explorations in Strategy

by Colin S. Gray


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This study is one of the rare contributions to the very small library of genuine strategic studies. Strategy here covers all military activity. The broad purpose is to show how strategy works, using air power and special operations as substantial case studies, but also addressing sea power, nuclear deterrence, and information warfare. Although this book says interesting things about the future of air power, the reliability of non-nuclear deterrence, the true character of joint warfare, the utility of special warriors, and the limitations of excellence in information warfare, the primary intention is to deepen the understanding of the nature and working of strategy and strategic effect.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313295102
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/18/1996
Series: Contributions in Military Studies Series , #16
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

COLIN S. GRAY is a strategic theorist and defense analyst who has worked in Britain, Canada, and the United States. He has written pioneering and controversial studies of nuclear strategy, arms control, maritime strategy, and geopolitics.

Table of Contents



The Challenge of Strategy

On Strategic Performance

The Advantages and Limitations of Sea Power: British Defense in a Joint World

Deterrence, Still a Reliable Strategy?

Strategy and Air Power

The Advantages and Limitations of Air Power

The United States as an Air Power

Air Power and Defense Planning

Strategy and Special Operations

The Nature of Special Operations

The Strategic Utility of Special Operations: Lessons of History

Special Operations and Defense Planning


Strategy and the Revolution in Military Affairs



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