Journal of Defense Studies and Resource Management ISSN: 2324-9315

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Review Article, Def Stud Resour Manage Vol: 2 Issue: 2

Grand Strategy in Grand Complexity Consolidating Ideas, Interests, and Resources in a Postmodern World

Hans-Joachim K Ruff-Stahl*
Air War College, Air University, USA
Corresponding author : Hans-Joachim K. Ruff-Stahl
Lt Col, GAF, Air War College, Air University, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received: August 06, 2013 Accepted: October 16, 2013 Published: October 23, 2013
Citation: Ruff-Stahl HJK (2013) Grand Strategy in Grand ComplexityConsolidating Ideas, Interests, and Resources in a Postmodern World. J Def Stud Resour Manage 2:2. doi:10.4172/2324-9315.1000115

Abstract

Grand Strategy in Grand Complexity Consolidating Ideas, Interests, and Resources in a Postmodern World

For Liddell Hart, war is a prerequisite for grand strategy. In his view, grand strategy should “look beyond the war to the subsequent peace” and seek to combine all instruments of national power and the nation’s resources “to avoid damage to the future state of peace – for security and prosperity”. On the contrary, the U.S. engagements in Afghanistan and Iraq suggest that a grand strategy is not a prerequisite to age war. Hence, why not think about grand strategy before the next war? The problem is, of course, that the future cannot be predicted.

Keywords: NATO; Multiple Futures Project; Military; Security

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