How Wars End: Why We Always Fight the Last Battle

Author
James N. Soligan
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
PRISM
Volume
2
Issue Number
3
Publication Date
June 2011
Institution
Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS), National Defense University
Abstract
Ongoing engagements in Afghanistan and Iraq have resurrected one of the most important and challenging questions facing political and military leaders in the United States and other nations: how to set objectives, conduct operations, and terminate wars in a manner that achieves intended political outcomes. The collective track record leaves much to be desired, and results of even the most recent conflicts would argue that we have not yet learned the necessary lessons from wars in the 20 th century to prevent making many of the same mistakes and suffering similar consequences in the 21 st century.
Topic
War
Political Geography
Afghanistan, United States, Iraq