Academic journal article Military Review

Strike Warfare in the 21st Century: An Introduction to Non-Nuclear Attack by Air and Sea

Academic journal article Military Review

Strike Warfare in the 21st Century: An Introduction to Non-Nuclear Attack by Air and Sea

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STRIKE WARFARE IN THE 21ST CENTURY: An Introduction to Non-Nuclear Attack by Air and Sea

Dale E. Knutsen, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD, 2012, 198 pages, $27.95

Everyday citizens who would simply like to know more about the basics are often left in an awkward information void, caught between historic or fictional stories ... and detailed discussions full of technical terms," prefaces Dale E. Knutsen regarding current literature on modern strike warfare. Strike Warfare in the 21st Century bridges this gap by addressing complex subjects through the utilization of commonplace terminology and familiar examples. Knutsen's focus on the fundamentals of strike warfare emanates from a desire to "help Americans better understand some of the tools and factors that influence military operations during times of tension and conflict."

Strike warfare encompasses myriad sea and air-launched delivery platforms to use nonnuclear weapons against surface targets, both on land and sea. This reduces risk to friendly delivery platforms "by way of standoff engagements" Knutsen uses this definition to lead the reader through the full range of strike warfare fundamentals, from target designation to strike planning and from weapon classifications to support operations.

Knutsen conveniently breaks his work into two sections--the first on strike warfare operations and the second on strike weapons development. By partitioning the work in this manner, Knutsen addresses both the operational and logistical (procurement) aspects of American strike warfare. Throughout the work the author provides general diagrams, which assist the reader in understanding the key concepts of both sections while avoiding overly technical descriptions. …

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