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Paralysis in peer conflict? The material versus the mental in 100 years of military thinking | War on the Rocks

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Paralysis in peer conflict? The material versus the mental in 100 years of military thinking | War on the Rocks
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One thing many military theorists can agree on is that military history rarely provides simple lessons that are free of confusion and question. How did some of the major breakthoughs and historical events actually occur in the military, such as Germany’s rapid defeat of France in the summer of 1940? Some theorists such as John Boyd believe that the “moral fiber of the political, economic and social structure” was shattered, thereby incapacitating the ability for a response. Heather Venable dives into the idea of military paralysis through history and how we can learn and prepare for it today.

Source: https://warontherocks.com/2020/12/paralysis-in-peer-conflict-the-material-versus-the-mental-in-100-years-of-military-thinking/