The U.S. military is one of the largest and most complex
organizations in the world. How it spends its money, chooses
tactics, and allocates its resources have enormous implications for
national defense and the economy. "The Science of War" is the only
comprehensive textbook on how to analyze and understand these and
other essential problems in modern defense policy.
Michael O'Hanlon provides undergraduate and graduate students
with an accessible yet rigorous introduction to the subject.
Drawing on a broad range of sources and his own considerable
expertise as a defense analyst and teacher, he describes the
analytic techniques the military uses in every crucial area of
military science. O'Hanlon explains how the military budget works,
how the military assesses and deploys new technology, develops
strategy and fights wars, handles the logistics of stationing and
moving troops and equipment around the world, and models and
evaluates battlefield outcomes. His modeling techniques have been
tested in Iraq and Afghanistan, including the methods he used to
predict higher-than-anticipated troop fatalities in
Iraq--controversial predictions that have since been
"The Science of War" is the definitive resource on warfare in
the twenty-first century.Gives the best introduction to defense
analysis available Covers defense budgeting Shows how to model and
predict outcomes in war Explains military logistics, including
overseas basing Examines key issues in military technology,
including missile defense, space warfare, and nuclear-weapons
testing Based on the author's graduate-level courses at Princeton,
Columbia, and Georgetown universities
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