A Review - Waging Modern War

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A Review - Waging Modern War

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Author(s): Michael R. Frater
No pages: 1
Year: 2002
Article ID: 5-1-7
Keywords: art of war, book review, coalition operations, command and control
Format: Electronic (PDF)

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Abstract: Much has been written on the conflicts in Bosnia and Kosovo, arising from the breakup of Yugoslavia. This book provides a unique personal perspective on both these conflicts, and modern warfare in general, from the point of view of a senior commander. As well as having been Supreme Allied Commander, Europe during the conflict between NATO and Serbia, General Clark's previous appointments gave him personal involvement in the international negotiations surrounding the civil war in Bosnia. Although structured primarily as a narrative of the events, the book covers the breadth of issues in current debates on modern warfare, and the structure of forces to fight and win these wars. It includes discussion of joint and coalition operations, command and control, the role of the media and other non-combatants, rules of engagement, political involvement (or interference) in the military command and control cycle, and the relationship between operational commander and defence and civilian bureaucracies. It sets out many examples of distortions of policy caused by forgetting its original intent.