“Our means of studying war have increased as much as have our tools for waging it, but it is an open question whether this increase in means has not perhaps obscured or obliterated one essential detail, namely, the necessity for personal leadership.” Lieutenant General George S. Patton Jr (1885 to 1945), speaking as a Major… Read More
Introduction Military tactics encompasses the art of organising and employing fighting forces on or near the battlefield. They involve the application of four battlefield functions which are closely related – kinetic or firepower, mobility, protection or security, and shock action. Tactics are a separate function from command and control and logistics. In contemporary military science,… Read More
“When the civil leadership is ignorant of military manoeuvres but shares equally in the command of armies, the soldiers get confused.” Sun Tzu (400 BCE to 301 BCE) Sunzi, Wade-Giles romanisation Sun-tzu, also spelled Sun Tzu, personal name Sun Wu, (flourished 5th century BC), reputed author of the Chinese classic Bingfa (The Art of War),… Read More
“In preparing for a lifetime of service, our professionally trained military graduates must train not only for leadership in battle, but also to provide leadership for the Nation in adapting the resources of science and education to our national needs.” General Bradley (1893 to 1981) Omar Nelson Bradley was a US Army officer who commanded… Read More
“Replication is to the scientific process what water is to a swimming pool: without it, you’ve just got a lot of people in safety goggles angrily beating the floor with their fists. It is a simple enough principle. If your experiment says a certain effect should follow a certain cause, then anybody replicating that cause… Read More
“Before a war military science seems a real science, like astronomy; but after a war it seems more like astrology.” Rebecca West (1892 to 1983) Dame Cicily Isabel Fairfield DBE, known as Rebecca West, or Dame Rebecca West, was a British author, journalist, literary critic and travel writer.
“The elephant in the room, Pigliucci says, is that scientific and technological advances have allowed us to group into vast nations, and the biggest winner from that seems to have been the military complexes designed to keep one scientifically armed nation from massacring another. The money we spend on military science and its applications far outweighs all other “public… Read More