A New Strategy for Complex Warfare: Combined Effects in East Asia

by Thomas A. Drohan


"Provides comprehensive and insightful analysis over a new strategy in complex warfare that bridges the gap among different theories, military doctrines and practices of strategy formulation. ... A New Strategy for Complex Warfare is helpful for practitioners to frame the situation, think about their desired effects and achieve the synthesis effects after adopting multiple physical and psychological means. Readers seeking an insightful analysis over the complexity of foreign strategies and the interactions among different strategic means are likely to find this book helpful." —Journal of Asian Security and International Affairs

"A New Strategy for Complex Warfare does much of the heavy lifting required for acquiring a proper understanding of Asian security cultures. Few works have succeeded as much as this one at succinctly explaining centuries of Asian cultural history and contextualizing that history to current security issues in the region. Members of the security community will greatly benefit from this unique perspective. ... Drohan excels in explaining the implications cultural histories have for US security strategy and prescribes both philosophical and pragmatic changes practitioners should make. " —Parameters

"This book offers an unconventional approach to an age-old question: how to formulate and execute strategies in pursuit of security and in defense against threats. Traditional ways of thinking about strategies are more about how statesmen and military planners can best mobilize and apply resources at their disposal to achieve a particular objective. Left underappreciated and much less answered is how effective strategies with combined effects are needed and can be developed in confronting and defeating today’s complex threats.... Through these case studies [of the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean security cultures], the author seeks to demonstrate the critical role security culture can play in the selection of strategies whose synergetic application may result in combined effects on intended objectives. This is certainly refreshing as it draws our attention to important elements heretofore either understudied or largely ignored. It challenges traditional thinking on strategy and provides a unique way of thinking and applying it given the multitude of challenges today. ...the book makes an important contribution to the literature on strategy." —Pacific Affairs

"Drohan’s approach provides an innovative primer for the next generation of strategists. He exposes the stale assumptions underlying our challenges in countering contemporary threats, and provides informed alternatives. A must read by all involved with our nation’s security.” —Lt Gen David A. Deptula, USAF (Ret), Dean of the Mitchell Institute of Aerospace Studies

"Tom Drohan advances the case for employing the concept of combined effects as a necessary complement to that of combined arms, and then examines the methodology through analysis of three enormously important Asian contingencies. This is a key study for those seeking to understand the complexities of modern warfare." —Thomas Keaney, Associate Director of Strategic Studies, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies

"This powerful book develops a new theory of international relations by combining extant theories on strategy, combined effects, and strategic culture. The organization of the book, its use of three crucial case studies, and its critique of US strategy for failing to consider all the factors available to it, make it essential reading for strategists and military planners." —Jeffrey Larsen, Director of Research, NATO Defense College, Rome


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