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The Strategy Bridge


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Preface Introduction: Surviving Clausewitz PART I: THEORY 1: The Theory of Strategy, I: Enduring Nature, Changing Character 2: The Theory of Strategy, II: Construction, Execution, and Consequences 3: Politics, War, and Strategy PART II: PRACTICE 4: Problems with Strategy: Often a Bridge too Far 5: The Product: Strategic Effect 6: Strategy, Strategists, and Command Performance: Joining Up the Dots PART III: CONTEXT AND PURPOSE 7: Conclusion: Bandit Country and the Strategist's Quest for Control Appendices Appendix A The Dicta of Strategy Appendix B General Strategic Theory, the Classical Canon Appendix C Conceptual 'Hueys' at Thermopylae? The Challenge of Strategic Anachronism Appendix D Potent Trinities: Fourteen Skeleton Keys of Theory for the Strategist Bibliography

About the Author

Dr. Colin S. Gray is Professor of International Politics and Strategic Studies at the University of Reading in England. He is a dual US-UK citizen and serves as an adviser in Washington, DC, and London. He was educated in England at the Universities of Manchester and Oxford. Dr. Gray has taught at universities in Britain, Canada, and the United States, has been assistant director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London), and worked with Herman Kahn at the Hudson Institute before founding the National Institute for Public Policy in Washington. From 1982 until 1987 he held a presidential appointment on the President's Advisory Committee on Arms Control and Disarmament.


`One of the most detailed and important investigations of the concept of strategy published in recent decades.' C.Dale Walton, Lindenwood University `It would be professional malfeasance . . . to overlook The Strategy Bridge.' Bradford Lee, Journal of Strategic Studies `it is far more than a textbook, though it certainly can and should be used for instructional purposes. In terms of rigor, Strategy Bridge is every bit as scientific as Clausewitz's On War, but much more accessible . . . It's synthetic nature and analytic rigor make Colin Gray's Strategy Bridge a necessary, and welcome, addition to any educator's already vast library of works on strategy.' Antulio J Echevarria II, US Army War College `Gray is a prolific writer on strategy . . . It could be said that Gray has positioned himself in pole position as a strategic thinker. Few other contemporary writers can rival him, and none has been so consistent in trying to develop a general theory, distilled largely, but not entirely from Clauswitz's On War. ' Christopher Coker, RUSI Journal `what Gray has provided here is more than ample as a base line work for anyone who wishes to get serious about strategy.' William F. Owen, Infinity Journal

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