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Items in Military or Naval Science that were added to the Concordia University Libraries collection in the last 90 days.


  • Military Strategy, Joint Operations, and Airpower : An Introduction / Ryan Burke, Michael Fowler, Kevin McCaskey, editors
    UG 630 M533 2018eb

  • Understanding Cyber Conflict : Fourteen Analogies / George Perkovich and Ariel E. Levite, editors
    U 167.5 C92 U54 2017eb

    Cyber weapons and the possibility of cyber conflict--including interference in foreign political campaigns, industrial sabotage, attacks on infrastructure, and combined military campaigns--require policymakers, scholars, and citizens to rethink twenty-first-century warfare. Yet because cyber capabilities are so new and continually developing, there is little agreement about how they will be deployed, how effective they can be, and how they can be managed.

    Written by leading scholars, the fourteen case studies in this volume will help policymakers, scholars, and students make sense of contemporary cyber conflict through historical analogies to past military-technological problems. The chapters are divided into three groups. The first--What Are Cyber Weapons Like?--examines the characteristics of cyber capabilities and how their use for intelligence gathering, signaling, and precision striking compares with earlier technologies for such missions. The second section--What Might Cyber Wars Be Like?--explores how lessons from several wars since the early nineteenth century, including the World Wars, could apply--or not--to cyber conflict in the twenty-first century. The final section--What Is Preventing and/or Managing Cyber Conflict Like?--offers lessons from past cases of managing threatening actors and technologies.


  • The End of Strategic Stability? : Nuclear Weapons and the Challenge of Regional Rivalries / Lawrence Rubin and Adam N. Stulberg, editors
    U 263 E557 2018eb

  • The Medal of Honor : The Evolution of America's Highest Military Decoration / Dwight S. Mears
    UB 433 M39 2018eb
    The Medal of Honor may be America's highest military decoration, but all Medals of Honor are not created equal. The medal has in fact consisted of several distinct decorations at various times and has involved a number of competing statutes and policies that rewarded different types of heroism. In this book, the first comprehensive look at the medal's historical, legal, and policy underpinnings, Dwight S. Mears charts the complex evolution of these developments and differences over time.

    The Medal of Honor has had different qualification thresholds at different times, and indeed three separate versions--one for the army and two for the navy--existed contemporaneously between World Wars I and II. Mears traces these versions back to the medal's inception during the Civil War and continues through the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan--along the way describing representative medal actions for all major conflicts and services as well as legislative and policy changes contemporary to each period. He gives particular attention to retroactive army awards for the Civil War; World War I legislation that modernized and expanded the army's statutory award authorization; the navy's grappling with both a combat and noncombat Medal of Honor through much of the twentieth century; the Vietnam-era act that ended noncombat awards and largely standardized the Medal of Honor among all services; and the perceived decline of Medals of Honor awarded in the ongoing Global War on Terror.

    Mears also explores the tradition of awards via legislative bills of relief; extralegislative awards; administrative routes to awards through Boards of Correction of Military Records; restoration of awards previously revoked by the army in 1917; judicial review of military actions in federal court; and legislative actions intended to atone for historical discrimination against ethnic minorities. Unprecedented in scope and depth, his work is sure to be the definitive resource on America's highest military honor.

  • The Eye of War : Military Perception from the Telescope to the Drone / Antoine Bousquet
    UG 15 B68 2018eb

    How perceptual technologies have shaped the history of war from the Renaissance to the present


    From ubiquitous surveillance to drone strikes that put "warheads onto foreheads," we live in a world of globalized, individualized targeting. The perils are great. In The Eye of War , Antoine Bousquet provides both a sweeping historical overview of military perception technologies and a disquieting lens on a world that is, increasingly, one in which anything or anyone that can be perceived can be destroyed--in which to see is to destroy.

    Arguing that modern-day global targeting is dissolving the conventionally bounded spaces of armed conflict, Bousquet shows that over several centuries, a logistical order of militarized perception has come into ascendancy, bringing perception and annihilation into ever-closer alignment. The efforts deployed to evade this deadly visibility have correspondingly intensified, yielding practices of radical concealment that presage a wholesale disappearance of the customary space of the battlefield. Beginning with the Renaissance's fateful discovery of linear perspective, The Eye of War discloses the entanglement of the sciences and techniques of perception, representation, and localization in the modern era amid the perpetual quest for military superiority. In a survey that ranges from the telescope, aerial photograph, and gridded map to radar, digital imaging, and the geographic information system, Bousquet shows how successive technological systems have profoundly shaped the history of warfare and the experience of soldiering.

    A work of grand historical sweep and remarkable analytical power, The Eye of War explores the implications of militarized perception for the character of war in the twenty-first century and the place of human subjects within its increasingly technical armature.


  • Israel's Long War with Hezbollah : Military Innovation and Adaptation Under Fire / Raphael D. Marcus
    UA 853 I8 M358 2018eb

  • The Bomb and America's Missile Age / Christopher Gainor
    UG 1312 I2 G35 2018eb

    The intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), designed to quickly deliver thermonuclear weapons to distant targets, was the central weapons system of the Cold War. ICBMs also carried the first astronauts and cosmonauts into orbit. More than a generation later, we are still living with the political, technological, and scientific effects of the space race, while nuclear-armed ICBMs remain on alert and in the headlines around the world.

    In The Bomb and America's Missile Age , Christopher Gainor explores the US Air Force's (USAF) decision, in March 1954, to build the Atlas, America's first ICBM. Beginning with the story of the guided missiles that were created before and during World War II, Gainor describes how the early Soviet and American rocket programs evolved over the course of the following decade. He argues that the USAF was wrongly criticized for unduly delaying the start of its ICBM program, endangering national security, and causing America embarrassment when a Soviet ICBM successfully put Sputnik into orbit ahead of any American satellite.

    Shedding fresh light on the roots of America's space program and the development of US strategic forces, The Bomb and America's Missile Age uses evidence uncovered in the past few decades to set the creation of the Atlas ICBM in its true context--not only in the America of the postwar years but also in comparison with the real story of the Soviet missiles that propelled the space race and the Cold War. Aimed at readers interested in the history of the Cold War and of space exploration, the book makes a major contribution to the history of rocket development and the nuclear age.


  • Imperial Germany and War, 1871-1918 / Daniel J. Hughes and Richard L. DiNardo
    UA 712 H84 2018eb
    An in-depth, finely detailed portrait of the German Army from its greatest victory in 1871 to its final collapse in 1918, this volume offers the most comprehensive account ever given of one of the critical pillars of the German Empire--and a chief architect of the military and political realities of late nineteenth-century Europe.

    Written by two of the world's leading authorities on the subject, Imperial Germany and War, 1871-1918 examines the most essential components of the imperial German military system, with an emphasis on such foundational areas as theory, doctrine, institutional structures, training, and the officer corps. In the period between 1871 and 1918, rapid technological development demanded considerable adaptation and change in military doctrine and planning. Consequently, the authors focus on theory and practice leading up to World War I and upon the variety of adaptations that became necessary as the war progressed--with unique insights into military theorists from Clausewitz to Moltke the Elder, Moltke the Younger, Schlichting, and Schlieffen. Ranging over the entire history of the German Empire, Imperial Germany and War, 1871-1918 presents a picture of unprecedented scope and depth of one of the most widely studied, criticized, and imitated organizations in the modern world. The book will prove indispensable to an understanding of the Imperial German Army.

  • Figuring Violence : Affective Investments in Perpetual War / Rebecca A. Adelman
    U 22.3 A34 2019eb

  • Equipping James Bond : Guns, Gadgets, and Technological Enthusiasm / Andre Millard
    UB 270 M545 2018eb

    The popularity of the 007 franchise depends on a seductive formula of sex, violence, and snobbery. Much of its appeal, too, lies in its gadgets: slick, somewhat improbable technological devices that give everyone's favorite secret agent the edge over his adversaries.

    In Equipping James Bond , André Millard chronicles a hundred-year history of espionage technology through the lens of Ian Fleming's infamous character and his ingenious spyware. Beginning with the creation of MI6, the British secret service, Millard traces the development of espionage technology from the advanced weaponry of the nineteenth century to the evolving threat of computer hacking and surveillance. Arguing that the gadgets in the books and films articulate the leading edge of technological awareness at the time, Millard describes how Bond goes from protecting 1950s England from criminal activity to saving a world threatened by nuclear bombs, poison gas, and attacks from space.

    As a modern and modernizing hero, Bond has to keep up with the times. His film franchise is committed to equipping both Bond and his adversaries with the latest technological gadgets. Simultaneously, Millard stresses, the villains and threats that Bond faces embody contemporary fears about the downside of technological change. Taking a wide-ranging look at factual (and fictional) technology, Millard views the James Bond universe as evidence for popular perceptions of technological development as both inevitably progressive and apocalyptically threatening.


  • Chinese policies toward limiting nuclear weapons / Amos Yoder
    UA 835 Y62

  • Narrative and the making of US national security / Ronald R. Krebs
    UA 23 K7757 2015
    Dominant narratives - from the Cold War consensus to the War on Terror - have often served as the foundation for debates over national security. Weaving current challenges, past failures and triumphs, and potential futures into a coherent tale, with well-defined characters and plot lines, these narratives impart meaning to global events, define the boundaries of legitimate politics, and thereby shape national security policy. However, we know little about why or how such narratives rise and fall. Drawing on insights from diverse fields, Narrative and the Making of US National Security offers novel arguments about where these dominant narratives come from, how they become dominant, and when they collapse. It evaluates these arguments carefully against evidence drawn from US debates over national security from the 1930s to the 2000s, and shows how these narrative dynamics have shaped the policies pursued by the United States.

  • Wrong turn : America's deadly embrace of counterinsurgency / Colonel Gian Gentile
    U 241 G46 2013
    While US war strategies have been dominated by the doctrine of counterinsurgency (COIN), Col. Gian Gentile and a group of dissident officers and defence analysts have questioned the efficacy of COIN - essentially armed nation-building. Drawing on Col. Gentile's experiences as a combat battalion commander in Iraq and his research into the application of counterinsurgency in a variety of historical contexts, Wrong Turn is a brilliant summation of Gentile's views of the failures of COIN, as well as a searing re-evaluation of the current state of affairs in Afghanistan.

  • Barriers to bioweapons : the challenges of expertise and organization for weapons development / Sonia Ben Ouagrham-Gormley
    UG 447.8 O93 2014

    In both the popular imagination and among lawmakers and national security experts, there exists the belief that with sufficient motivation and material resources, states or terrorist groups can produce bioweapons easily, cheaply, and successfully. In Barriers to Bioweapons , Sonia Ben Ouagrham-Gormley challenges this perception by showing that bioweapons development is a difficult, protracted, and expensive endeavor, rarely achieving the expected results whatever the magnitude of investment. Her findings are based on extensive interviews she conducted with former U.S. and Soviet-era bioweapons scientists and on careful analysis of archival data and other historical documents related to various state and terrorist bioweapons programs.Bioweapons development relies on living organisms that are sensitive to their environment and handling conditions, and therefore behave unpredictably. These features place a greater premium on specialized knowledge. Ben Ouagrham-Gormley posits that lack of access to such intellectual capital constitutes the greatest barrier to the making of bioweapons. She integrates theories drawn from economics, the sociology of science, organization, and management with her empirical research. The resulting theoretical framework rests on the idea that the pace and success of a bioweapons development program can be measured by its ability to ensure the creation and transfer of scientific and technical knowledge. The specific organizational, managerial, social, political, and economic conditions necessary for success are difficult to achieve, particularly in covert programs where the need to prevent detection imposes managerial and organizational conditions that conflict with knowledge production.


  • Endurance and war : the national sources of military cohesion / Jasen J. Castillo
    U 22 C39 2014
    Scholars and military practitioners alike have long sought to understand why some country's militaries fight hard when facing defeat while others collapse. In Endurance and War , Jasen Castillo presents a new unifying theory--cohesion theory--to explain why national militaries differ in their staying power. His argument builds on insights from the literatures on group solidarity in general and military effectiveness in particular, which argue that the stronger the ties binding together individuals in a group of any kind, the higher the degree of cohesion that a group will exhibit when taking collective action, including fighting in war. Specifically, he argues that two types of ties determine the cohesion, and therefore the resilience, of a nation's armed forces during war: the degree of control a regime holds over its citizens and the amount of autonomy the armed forces possess to focus on training for warfighting.Understanding why armed forces differ in their cohesion should help U.S. military planners better assess the military capabilities of potential adversaries, like Iran and North Korea. For scholars of international politics, cohesion theory can help provide insights into how countries create military power and how they win wars.

  • Enhancing CBRNE Safety & Security: Proceedings of the SICC 2017 Conference : Science as the first countermeasure for CBRNE and Cyber threats / Andrea Malizia, Marco D'Arienzo, editor
    U 793 S53 2017eb

  • Advanced research in naval engineering / Anthony A. Ruffa, Bourama Toni, editors
    VM600

  • War and the human race / edited by Maurice N. Walsh
    U 21.2 W37

  • America and the future of war : the past as prologue / Williamson Murray, Ambassador Anthony D. Marshall Professor, Marine Corps University, Professor Emeritus, the Ohio State University
    UA 23 M927 2017
    Throughout the world today there are obvious trouble spots that have the potential to explode into serious conflicts at any time in the immediate or distant future. This study examines what history suggests about the future possibilities and characteristics of war and the place that thinking about conflict deserves in the formation of American strategy in coming decades. The author offers a historical perspective to show that armed conflict between organized political groups has been mankind's constant companion and that America must remain prepared to use its military power to deal with an unstable, uncertain, and fractious world.Williamson Murray shows that while there are aspects of human conflict that will not change no matter what advances in technology or computing power may occur, the character of war appears to be changing at an increasingly rapid pace with scientific advances providing new and more complex weapons, means of production, communications, and sensors, and myriad other inventions, all capable of altering the character of the battle space in unexpected fashions. He explains why the past is crucial to understanding many of the possibilities that lie in wait, as well as for any examination of the course of American strategy and military performance in the future--and warns that the moral and human results of the failure of American politicians and military leaders to recognize the implications of the past are already apparent.

  • Military education and the British Empire, 1815-1949 / edited by Douglas E. Delaney, Robert C. Engen, and Meghan Fitzpatrick
    U 511 M55 2018
    Military education was the lifeblood of the armies, navies, and air forces of the British Empire and an essential ingredient for success in both war and peace. Military Education and the British Empire is the first major scholarly work to address the role of military education in maintaining the empire throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Bringing together the world's top scholars on the subject, this book places distinct national narratives - Canadian, Australian, South African, British, and Indian - within a comparative context. Ultimately, this book allows readers to consider the connections between education and empire from a transnational perspective.

  • Who should die? : the ethics of killing in war / edited by Ryan Jenkins, Michael Robillard, and Bradley Jay Strawser
    U 22 W57 2018
    War remains a grim fixture of the human landscape, and because of its tremendous and ongoing impact on the lives of millions of people, has always attracted the attention of careful, rigorous, and empathetic moral philosophers. And while war is synonymous with death and ruin, very few peopleare willing to surrender to moral nihilism about war - the view that all really is fair. At the center of debates about war remains the most important question that faces us during battle: whom are we allowed to kill?This volume collects in one place the most influential and groundbreaking philosophical work being done on the question of killing in war, offering a "who's who" of contemporary scholars debating the foundational ethical questions surrounding liability to harm. In ten essays, it expands upon andprovides new and updated analyses that have yet to be captured in a single work. Essays explore questions such as: Are some soldiers more deserving of death than others? Should states allow soldiers to conscientiously object (to opt out of war) on a case-by-case basis? Can a theory of rights bestexplain when it is permissible to kill in war? When are we allowed to violently resist oppression that is itself nonviolent? Is there anything wrong with targeting people with autonomous weapons?As a convenient and authoritative collection of such discussions, this volume is uniquely suited for university-level teaching and as a reference for ethicists, policymakers, stakeholders, and any student of the morality of killing in war.
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