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dc.contributor.author Lim, Irvin Fang Jau
dc.date.accessioned 2009-02-05T09:32:58Z
dc.date.available 2009-02-05T09:32:58Z
dc.date.copyright 2004
dc.date.issued 2009-02-05T09:32:58Z
dc.identifier.citation Lim, I. F. J. (2004). Critical mass : weighing in on force transformation & speed kills post-operation Iraqi freedom. (RSIS Working Paper, No. 58). Singapore: Nanyang Technological University.
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10220/4457
dc.description.abstract Wars are won at the operational and strategic level. And equally important, force structuring decisions made at the highest policy levels that drive the overall force capability development of any military are also critically shape force-fighting orientation and by corollary future mission success. In distilling the lessons of the recent Gulf War II, it is important not to overstate the commonplace observation that speed overdrive by way of 'knowledge-driven' time-sensitive targeting through the use of high-tech weaponry increasingly substitutes the need for mass in the final force-combat power equation. Ignoring the right lessons and learning the wrong ones can result in disastrous mental Maginot lines in force structure and doctrine development. Deadly striking speed without sufficient mass to sustain any war effort up to and beyond culminating point can result in hollow forces with fatal consequences.
dc.format.extent 40 p.
dc.relation.ispartofseries RSIS Working Papers ; 058/04
dc.rights Nanyang Technological University
dc.subject DRNTU::Social sciences::Military and naval science::Strategy::Asia
dc.title Critical mass : weighing in on force transformation & speed kills post-operation Iraqi freedom
dc.type Working Paper
dc.contributor.school S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies

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