Innovation shapes wars, and twelve studies by former faculty members of West Point’s United States Military Academy examine specific cases of past and present military innovation. The complex, competitive, and dynamic environment that defines war drives combatants to seek solutions to potentially lethal problems. As some solutions prove effective, gain traction, and win emulation, they follow a path of innovation. The chapters address a broad array of innovations, including in weapon technology, strategy, research and development philosophy, organization of the military instrument, and leveraging maps for strategic goals. Geographically, the examples in this volume span four continents and the Mediterranean Sea, and chronologically they proceed from the twelfth century to the twenty first. Collectively, the studies point to the interconnected value of pursuing constructive solutions to challenges, networking interdisciplinary forms of knowledge, appropriately balancing expectations and capabilities, and understanding an innovation as a journey rather than as an episodic event.
Lexington Books; April 2018
- ISBN: 9781498551786
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- Title: Paths of Innovation in Warfare
- Author: Nicholas Michael Sambaluk (ed.); Richard H. Anderson (contrib.); Charles Costanzo (contrib.); Brian Drohan (contrib.); Mark Ehlers (contrib.); Jason Halub (contrib.); Adrienne M. Harrison (contrib.); Nathan A. Jennings (contrib.); Dave Musick (contrib.); Stuart H. Peebles (contrib.); John P. Ringquist (contrib.); Nicholas Michael Sambaluk (contrib.); Russ Vanderlugt (contrib.)
Imprint: Lexington Books
In The Press
This stimulating, heterogeneous collection of case studies defines innovation broadly and explores it across a grand sweep of international history. It moves from medieval cartography during the Crusades and grand strategy in the American Revolution to racial integration of combat units and contemporary media warfare in Nigeria. Editor Nicholas Michael Sambaluk concludes the volume with conceptual threads that he finds running through the case studies.
About The Author
Nicholas Michael Sambaluk is associate professor of strategy at Air University and author of The Other Space Race: Eisenhower and the Quest for Aerospace Security, named "Best Air Power History Book of 2016" by the Air Force Historical Foundation.