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A new theory of war underlies this revealing analysis of the way the character of warfare in the mind affects the reality of fighting in the physical realm.
· Case studies from both ancient and modern warfare illustrating basic principles of the cognitive domain of war
· Specific examples from neurologists and ethnologists
· After-action reports of combat action from the Kosovo Campaign 1999, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom
· Maps and illustrations
· An annotated bibliography of current behavioral and social science research into heuristic decision-making
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"Today's terrorists are not our fathers' enemies," writes Dr. James Blackwell, "so our military models do not adequately capture how they think and make war-fighting decisions. It's not just that their rationality is different than ours, it is that they do not think rationally at all, relying more on faith than on reason."About the Author:
James Blackwell is special advisor to the U.S. Air Force Assistant Chief of Staff for Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration.
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