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Limited or Total: Beyond Discrete Sets of Intensity |The Strategy Bridge

Limited or Total: Beyond Discrete Sets of Intensity |The Strategy Bridge

Two recent articles published on The Strategy Bridge have attempted to make sense of the term “Limited War.”[1] Both accept that wars may range in scale from limited to total, and both end up viewing the measurement of this scale from the perspective of the percentage of available resources expended by the belligerents.

In the first article, “The Return of Limited War,” Ian Bertram argues that limited wars are a function of the cost. Thus, in the 18th century the price of soldiers was too high to risk losing them and today the price of modern weapon systems is too expensive to risk losing too many of them.

Source: The Bridge