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Designing Conceptual Failure in Warfare: The Misguided Path of the West


As its competitors develop new concepts, the West’s approach to warfare is reminiscent of Napoleonic times.

In this examination of modern warfare doctrine and strategies, Peter Roberts argues that Western militaries are constrained by thirteenth-century theological philosophy and Napoleonic dogma, while their enemies have leapt ahead into the twenty-first century – not simply in technological terms, but in the very way they have reimagined warfare.

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Professor Peter Roberts

Director, Military Sciences

Military Sciences

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