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Confronting the Uncomfortable: Western Militaries and Modern Conflict

JM Beach
GeoJournal
Vol. 34, No. 2, Military Geography: The Changing Role of the Military (October 1994), pp. 147-153
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41146280
Page Count: 7
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Confronting the Uncomfortable: Western Militaries and Modern Conflict
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Abstract

Taking as a starting point the difficulties faced by Western militaries in current conflicts, this paper assesses what is to be done to make forces more relevant to the unpleasant realities confronting them. By examining the character of such conflict, previous experiences, the Western philosophy of war, civil-military relations, and the military's conservatism, this paper is then able to assess current force structures and suggest some guidelines for future development.

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