Defence

The Sage of the Pentagon

Strategy studies the relationship between time, positions, means and different interests, and takes every factor into account. This is the province of dialectics, that is to say reasoning, which is the highest faculty of the mind. — Paul Gideon Joly de Maizeroy, Théorie de la guerre (1777) In October 1999, I participated in a major conference on the future of warfare at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington. Much of the focus was on the collective impact of long-range precision munitions, microprocessors and stealthy systems, often shorthanded as representing a “Revolution in Military…

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