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Losing Military Supremacy: The Myopia of American Strategic Planning

Andrei Martyanov

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Clarity Press
19 July 2018
History; Defence strategy, planning & research
Our competitive edge has eroded in every domain of warfare - air, land, sea, space, and cyberspace,General Mattis said. And it is continually eroding. American exceptionalist culture has deep roots in the American founding, which even Alexis De Tocqueville observed in his seminal work in 1837. While exceptionalism is not unique to America, the intensity of their conviction and its global ramifications are. This view of its exceptionalism has led the US to grossly misinterpret-sometimes deliberately-the causative factors of key events of the past two centuries. Accordingly, the wrong conclusions have been derived, and very wrong lessons learned. Nowhere has this been more manifest than in American military thought and its actual application of military power. Time after time the American military has failed to match lofty declarations about its superiority, producing instead a mediocre record of military accomplishments. Starting from the Korean War the United States hasn't won a single war against a technologically inferior, but mentally tough enemy. The technological dimension of American strategy has completely overshadowed any concern with the social, cultural, operational and even tactical requirements of military (and political) conflict. With a new Cold War with Russia emerging, the United States enters a new period of geopolitical turbulence completely unprepared in any meaningful way-intellectually, economically, militarily or culturally-to face a reality which was hidden for the last 70+ years behind the curtain of never-ending Chalabi moments and a strategic delusion concerning Russia, whose history the US viewed through a Solzhenitsified caricature kept alive by a powerful neocon lobby, which even today dominates US policy makers' minds. This book: Explores the dramatic difference between the Russian and US approach to warfare, which manifests itself across the whole spectrum of activities from art and the economy, to the respective national cultures. Illustrates the fact that Russian economic, military and cultural realities and power are no longer what American elites think they are by addressing Russia's new and elevated capacities in the areas of traditional warfare as well as cyberwarfare and space. Studies in depth several ways in which the US can simply stumble into conflict with Russia and what must be done to avoid it.
By:   Andrei Martyanov
Imprint:   Clarity Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 5mm
Weight:   425g
ISBN:   9780998694757
ISBN 10:   0998694754
Pages:   308
Publication Date:   19 July 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Andrei Martyanov is an expert on Russian military and naval issues. Born in Baku USSR in 1963 he graduated from the Kirov Naval Red Banner Academy and served as an officer. He took part in the events in the Caucasus which led to the collapse of the Soviet Union. In the mid-1990s he moved to the United States where he currently works as Laboratory Director of a commercial aerospace group.

Reviews for Losing Military Supremacy: The Myopia of American Strategic Planning

Andrei Martyanov's book is an absolute 'must read' for any person wanting to understand the reality of modern warfare and super-power competition. THE SAKER Martyanov's must-read book is the ultimate Weapon of Myth Destruction (WMD). And unlike the Saddam Hussein version, this one actually exists. PEPE ESCOBAR, AsiaTimes The arrogant hubris of American exceptionalism and the myths that sustain it are subjected to devastating analysis in this long overdue book... PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS


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