The Perversion of Military Ideas: How Innovative Thinking is Inadvertently Destroyed

Abstract:

Have you ever read a military concept or doctrine publication, or an academic or professional paper about warfare or military operations, and wondered how it came to include such an ill-conceived idea? Odds are that the idea you read is a perversion of an earlier, better idea that in its original incarnation was actually quite innovative and insightful. This article explains the process by which such innovative and insightful military ideas are inadvertently oversimplified and/or distorted into intellectually questionable caricatures of their former selves.

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Small Wars Journal - The Perversion of Military Ideas_ How Innovative Thinking is Inadvertently Destroyed - 2014-12-01

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