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The Culture of Military Innovation: The Impact of Cultural Factors on the Revolution in Military Affairs in Russia, the US, and Israel. Paperback – January 27, 2010

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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Stanford Security Studies (January 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804769524
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804769525
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,211,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Recent and ongoing conflicts have exposed fundamental flaws in what became RMA orthodoxy. The Culture of Military Innovation is useful, in part, because Adamsky illuminates many of the socio-cultural factors that help explain the broad acceptance of false assumptions among military strategists and the propensity of both state and non-state actors to develop military capabilities based on idealised visions of future armed conflict. His study also illuminates the relevance of cultural analysis to self-reflection and criticism."—H.R. McMaster, Survival


"Despite the fact that the information- and precision-based RMA has not completely revolutionized all warfare, Adamsky properly recognizes strategic culture as a major factor in military innovation."—Peter R. Mansoor, Foreign Affairs


"The comparative cultural analysis is comprehensive, thoughtful, and interesting, and the book should be well-received and appreciated by academics and practitioners alike... Adamsky's analysis is impressive and persuasive. The empirical chapters are rich and deep, but also concise, clear, and accessible. From a theoretical perspective, the book is an excellent example of cultural analysis."—David W. Kearn, Jr., St. John's University, Political Science Quarterly


"Dima Adamsky's The Culture of Military Innovation is an account of how one intellectual paradigm, called the Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA), rose and fell in the militaries of the USSR, USA and Israel . . . The study distinguishes itself within its subdiscipline for its excellent sources (archival material from all three countries and interviews in Israel), skillful argumentation, and very intelligent case selection. Adamsky's cases connect logically and make for compelling reading."—Thomas Crosbie, Yale University, Canadian Journal of Sociology


"Adamsky has written a theoretically robust and empirically compelling account of the development of the revolution in millitary affairs (RMA) in the Soviet Union, the US, and Israel . . . Adamsky's account is brief, but it will be of value to both academics and practitioners. Recommended." -R.M. Farley, CHOICE

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Dima Adamsky is a fellow at the National Security Studies Program at Harvard University. He has been a visiting fellow at the Institute of War and Peace Studies, Columbia University, and at the Norwegian Institute for Defense Studies.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. Klann on October 4, 2010
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This meticulously researched volume presents a rigorous case study in comparative strategic cultures and the revolution of military affairs (RMA). It addresses two central questions: first-- what explains how military innovations, based on similar technologies, develop in different nation states? Secondly--how does a "new theory of victory" originate in different cultural settings? It compares and contrasts the cultures of the United States, Israel, and Russia and how they have approached and interpreted the changing nature of warfare. According to the author, the most recent roots of RMA can be traced to the mid 1970s when standoff precision-guided munitions (PGM) were introduced. The Russians were the first to recognize that PGMs would radically change modern warfare and constitute a fundamental discontinuity which they called the military-technical revolution (MTR). RMA and MTR are terms describing "radical military innovation that render existing doctrine and forms of combat obsolete."
Mr. Adamsky contends that the cognitive art of each national culture dominates and conditions the manner in which their militaries integrate strategy, doctrine, operational concepts, organization, and new weapons technology.
The author argues that the American way of war has relied on material superiority, massive firepower, and advanced technologies over a fighting style focused on an intellectual approach of creative maneuvering and strategic innovation. This evolved from an American cognitive style that is inductive, logical-analytical, and centered on the object being independent from the context in which it is embedded.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mark Chlenov on February 8, 2010
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Author offers a new and fascinating perspective on the development and application of the new military strategy in the last chapter of the Cold War. His extensive and scrupulous research on this matter presents Soviet Union as a herald of the new paradigm in military affairs, the United States as a technological creator of the new set of military tools and Israel as a pragmatic user who puts these two - theory and practice to the test, ironically against the previous generation Soviet military machinery and theory of it's Arab allies. The book is very professionally written but at the same time is easy to read. It's a must have piece not only for a professionals but also for a wider circle of military enthusiasts around the world.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eldad Shamash on March 27, 2011
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The author manages to describe in a very light but thorought way the comparison between three major forces that colided in the '70 - '80 world wide and specificaly in the courtyard of the middle east - what happens when one has the knowledge and technology, but no dctrine; one has the doctrine without means and one liitle praticipant that lacks both but gains warfield experience that both giants can learn from.
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