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Political Impatience and Military Caution

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Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Strategic Studies
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Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

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Abstract

Two examples from recent British campaigns, the first from the Falklands War of 1982 and the second from the Iraq War of 2003, are used to consider attempts by civilian policy-makers to influence the conduct of ongoing military operations as a result of frustration with slow progress. Both cases highlight the importance of the higher command structures as providing a buffer between the government and local field commanders, and show the problems that can result when key strategic questions are left unanswered in the run-up to a campaign.

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