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


  • Unconventional warfare from antiquity to the present day / edited by Brian Hughes & Fergus Robson
    U167.5.I8
    The contemporary issue of terrorism - not to mention the rebellions and insurrections ongoing around the globe - is one of the signature problems of the modern world. This proposed collection of essays will be the first to address these issues conceptually in a range of historical periods and places, from a variety of analytic perspectives. The advantage of this approach is that it affords an opportunity to gain a more complete understanding of the dynamics of such conflicts and to establish the current and historical parameters of these hybrid forms of war. While modern political discourse shifts easily between sets of valorising and delegitimising discourses in relation to non-conventional conflicts and combatants, using loaded terminology like 'terrorist' or 'freedom fighter', the individuals who are thus described all engage in unconventional warfare. This has often been characterised as small war, in distinction to 'big' war or conflicts between regular armies. This type of conflict, whether pitting paramilitary or guerrilla groups against each other or against conventional forces, is almost certainly the original form of warfare and it has throughout history continued to play a hugely important, if frequently underestimated or ignored, role in the conflicts which shaped the world. 

  • Framing the Eu's Global Strategy A Stronger Europe in a Fragile World
    UA 646 T63 2017eb

  • Israel facing a new Middle East : in search of a national security strategy / Itamar Rabinovich and Itai Brun
    UA 853 I8 R297 2017
    The turmoil which has been rattling the Middle East in recent years has confronted Israel with fresh challenges and opportunities and requires it to rethink the three levels of its strategy and security policies: National security Strategy (sometimes referred to as Grand Strategy), National Security Policy and National Military Strategy. The book points to the years 1979-1981 as the years of transition from conventional military challenges faced by Israel to the novel challenges of terrorism, missiles and rockets, sub-state guerrilla organizations on its borders and the prospect of nuclear weapons in hostile hands. Some of these challenges have been exacerbated by the unraveling of neighboring Arab states. The book's review of the evolution of Israeli policies through almost seven decades of war and conflicts shows the absence of a full-fledged grand strategy, the structural weakness of national security policy formulation by successive governments at the cabinet level and the dominant role of the IDF. This state of affairs helps explain why and how Israel has responded to the recent turmoil in a piecemeal fashion rather than formulate a comprehensive policy that would enhance its ability to respond to the new challenges and take advantage of the new opportunities.

  • Commanding military power : organizing for victory and defeat on the battlefield / Ryan Grauer, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh
    UB 210 G825 2016
    Commanding Military Power offers a new explanation of why some armed forces are stronger than others. Ryan Grauer advances a 'command structure theory' which combines insights from organization theory, international relations, and security studies literatures to provide a unique perspective on military power. Specifically, armed forces organized to facilitate swift and accurate perception of and response to battlefield developments will cope better with war's inherent uncertainty, use resources effectively, and, quite often, win. Case studies of battles from the Russo-Japanese War, Chinese Civil War and Korean War, based on new archival research, underscore the argument, showing that even smaller and materially weaker militaries can fight effectively against and defeat larger and better endowed adversaries when they are organizationally prepared to manage uncertainty. That organization often matters more than numbers and specific tools of war has crucial implications for both contemporary and future thinking about and efforts to improve martial strength.

  • Intelligence success and failure : the human factor / Uri Bar-Joseph and Rose McDermott
    UB 250 B37 2017
    The study of strategic surprise has long concentrated on important failures that resulted in catastrophes such as Pearl Harbor and the September 11th attacks, and the majority of previously published research in the field determines that such large-scale military failures often stem fromdefective information-processing systems. Intelligence Success and Failure challenges this common assertion that catastrophic surprise attacks are the unmistakable products of warning failure alone. Further, Uri Bar-Joseph and Rose McDermott approach this topic uniquely by highlighting the successful cases of strategic surprise, as well asthe failures, from a psychological perspective. This book delineates the critical role of individual psychopathologies in precipitating failure by investigating important historical cases.Bar-Joseph and McDermott use six particular military attacks as examples for their analysis, including: "Barbarossa," the June 1941 German invasion of the USSR (failure); the fall-winter 1941 battle for Moscow (success); the Arab attack on Israel on Yom Kippur 1973 (failure); and the second Egyptianoffensive in the war six days later (success). From these specific cases and others, they analyze the psychological mechanisms through which leaders assess their own fatal mistakes and use the intelligence available to them. Their research examines the factors that contribute to failure and successin responding to strategic surprise and identify the learning process that central decision makers use to facilitate subsequent successes. Intelligence Success and Failure presents a new theory in the study of strategic surprise that claims the key explanation for warning failure is not unintentional action, but rather, motivated biases in key intelligence and central leaders that null any sense of doubt prior to surpriseattacks.

  • The Palgrave international handbook of gender and the military / Rachel Woodward, Claire Duncanson, editors
    U21.5

  • A hermeneutic analysis of military operations in Afghanistan / Garrett J. Lawless, Philippe Constantineau, Ali Dizboni
    U21.2

  • Military operational planning and strategic moves / Lucía Martínez Ordóñez
    U162

  • The father of us all : war and history, ancient and modern / Victor Davis Hanson
    U 27 H378 2010

    Victor Davis Hanson has long been acclaimed as one of our leading scholars of ancient history. In recent years he has also become a trenchant voice on current affairs, bringing a historian's deep knowledge of past conflicts to bear on the crises of the present, from 9/11 to Iran. "War," he writes, "is an entirely human enterprise." Ideologies change, technologies develop, new strategies are invented'but human nature is constant across time and space. The dynamics of warfare in the present age still remain comprehensible to us through careful study of the past. Though many have called the War on Terror unprecedented, its contours would have been quite familiar to Themistocles of Athens or William Tecumseh Sherman. And as we face the menace of a bin Laden or a Kim Jong-Il, we can prepare ourselves with knowledge of how such challenges have been met before.

    The Father of Us All brings together much of Hanson's finest writing on war and society, both ancient and modern. The author has gathered a range of essays, and combined and revised them into a richly textured new work that explores such topics as how technology shapes warfare, what constitutes the "American way of war," and why even those who abhor war need to study military history. "War is the father and king of us all," Heraclitus wrote in ancient Greece. And as Victor Davis Hanson shows, it is no less so today.


  • Controlling Canada's Arctic waters : role of the Canadian Coast Guard / the Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans
    VG 55 C2C363 2010eb

  • Le contrôle des eaux de l'arctique canadien : rôle de la garde côtière canadienne / le Comité sénatorial permanent des pêches et des océans
    VG 55 C2C36314 2010eb

  • Québec mer et monde : l'âge d'or de la construction navale à Québec / Paul Terrien
    VK 27 Q8T47 2016eb

  • Throwing the diamond hitch / by Emily Ursuliak
    VM 533 U778 2017

  • Filling the ranks : manpower in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, 1914-1918 / Richard Holt
    UB 325 C2H65 2017eb

  • The torture report : a graphic adaptation / Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón ; introduction by Jane Mayer ; afterword by Scott Horton
    UB 265 J33 2017
    "The more who learn the truth the better off the country will be, because there is no better safeguard against the revival of torture than a well-informed public." --Jane Mayer, from the Introduction
    On December 9, 2014, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released a report that strongly condemned the CIA for its secret and brutal use of torture in the treatment of prisoners captured in the "war on terror" during the George W. Bush administration. This deeply researched and fully documented investigation caused monumental controversy, interest, and concern, and starkly highlighted both how ineffective the program was as well as the lengths to which the CIA had gone to conceal it.
    In The Torture Report , Sid Jacobson and Ernie Col?n use their celebrated graphic-storytelling abilities to make the damning torture report accessible, finally allowing Americans to lift the veil and fully understand the crimes committed by the CIA.

  • Mooring of ships to piers and wharves / prepared by the Mooring Analysis Task Committee of the Technical Committee on Ports and Harbors of the Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and Rivers Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers ; edited by John W. Gaythwaite, P.E
    VK 361 C63 2014eb

    Prepared by the Mooring Analysis Task Committee of the Ports and Harbors Committee of the Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and Rivers Institute of ASCE

    This Manual of Practice provides guidelines for the determination of safe mooring design practices for vessels at fixed piers and wharves in ports and harbors. Today's larger, complex ships, with greater wind exposure and deeper drafts, pose particular mooring challenges to designers, captains, and pilots. Costly mooring incidents have emphasized the need for better understanding of mooring design principles, and no single building code or standard specifically addresses the design of berthing and mooring facilities. This manual provides the necessary background to assure that designed structures are sound, adequate, and provide a safe berth for the types of vessels to be accommodated.

    Topics include:

    Mooring practice and design requirements; Mooring system components, including mooring lines, fittings and hardware, equipment, fender systems, docking aid and monitoring systems, mechanical and automated mooring systems, and shipboard equipment; Forces on moored vessels, including wind, current, passing vessels, waves, seiche and long wave effects, tide and draft changes, and ice; Mooring analysis methods, including static and dynamic analysis, as well as software and physical models; and Operational considerations, including allowable vessel movement, incidents and breakaways, and maintenance.

    MOP 129 primarily focuses on mooring large, ocean-going vessels at relatively protected locations, although the basic principles are applicable to small craft and more exposed locations. Designers of port and harbor facilities, as well as owners and managers, will welcome this compact reference to mooring analysis and safe, efficient, fixed-mooring practice.


  • Application of GIS technologies in port facilities and operations management / sponsored by Ports and Harbors Comittee of The Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and Rivers Institute (COPRI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers ; edited by Neal T. Wright, Jaewan Yoon
    VK 321 A66 2007eb

    Prepared by the Ports and Harbors Committee of the Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and Rivers Institute of ASCE.

    This report discusses the recent advances in GIS (geographic information system) technologies for port professionals. It identifies effective GIS techniques for the management of complex port and harbor infrastructure and discusses in-depth the capabilities, requirements, and limitations of available GIS applications. It also provides useful GIS database techniques and software integration tips, an overview and discussion of GIS data types and map projections, and several case studies focusing on facility and operations management.


  • The sources of military doctrine : France, Britain, and Germany between the world wars / Barry R. Posen
    U 162 P66 1984

  • Psychiatrists in combat : mental health clinicians' experiences in the war zone / Elspeth Cameron Ritchie, Christopher H. Warner, Robert N. McLay, editors
    UH629

  • Force control theory and method of human load carrying exoskeleton suit / Zhingyong Yang [and three others]
    UC480

  • Maritime security in East and Southeast Asia : political challenges in Asian waters / Nicholas Tarling, Xin Chen, editors
    VA 620 M37 2017eb

    This volume investigates the nature of threats facing, or perceived as facing, some of the key players involved in Asian maritime politics. The articles in this collection present case studies on Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand, Japan, China, and Southeast Asia as a whole and focus on domestic definitions of threats and conceptualisations of security. These studies map the differing understandings of danger in this region and explore how contending narratives of "threats" and "security" affect the national maritime security policy deliberations within the countries of this region. Those interested in maritime security and management in Asia will find this collection an invaluable addition to the literature on this topic.

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