Utility of Force: the art of war in the modern world by Gen. Rupert Smith
Author bio: "General Sir Rupert Smith is one of the most senior international practitioners in the use of force. In his forty year career in the British Army he commanded the UK Armoured Division in the 1990-91 Gulf War, was GOC Northern Ireland, commanded the UN forces in Bosnia in 1995, and served as Deputy Commander of NATO. All of this experience informs his book. He retired in 2002."
Book summary: "War no longer exists," writes General Sir Rupert Smith, powerfully reminding us that the clash of mass national armies - the system of war since Napoleon - will never occur again. Instead, he argues in this timely book, we must be prepared to adapt tactics to each conflict, or lose the ability to protect ourselves and our way of life." "From Iraq to the Balkans, and from Afghanistan to Chechnya, Smith charts a stream of armed interventions that have failed to deliver on promises of resolution. He demonstrates why today's conflicts must be understood as intertwined political and military events. He makes clear why the current one-size-fits-all model of total war, fought out on battlefields, that politicians still cling to must be abandoned in favor of new strategies that take into account the fact that wars are now fought among civilian populations. And he offers a compelling new model for how to fight these battles - and secure our world."--BOOK JACKET.
Related podcast: Interview of General Rupert Smith by Jeffrey McCausland in this Carnegie Council Podcast