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

by Thomas A. Drohan


"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

"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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