Ensuring Rapid and Effective Transition from Peace to War
Published by: The University Press of Kentucky
The need to quickly enter into conflict and succeed in the initial engagements is an enduring demand on militaries around the world. Given today's dynamic geopolitical environment, the concept of successful, rapid transition or organizational and mental readiness is more relevant than ever.
Using the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) as a case study , Meir Finkel explores four important but generally neglected challenges of a swift transition from peace to wartime operations. He investigates the challenging mental transition from peace or routine security employment to a higher-intensity mode of action in combat. Then, Finkel explains that militaries must be capable of rapidly resolving debated prewar concepts and doctrine even as war breaks out. He also discusses how to integrate and employ new weapons systems delivered at the last minute or during a conflict. Lastly, he delves into methods for managing the tension between the need to win every tactical engagement in low-intensity conflict and the preparation of forces for a high-intensity conflict.
With clear applications for the IDF and US armed services, Finkel's study offers specific examples of hard-to-accomplish rapid transitions as well as broad suggestions for how to improve readiness. Military Agility will appeal to military personnel and leadership, strategists, historians with an interest in comparative analysis, and policymakers.
IntroductionHastening Force Buildup before and during WarThe Effect of Prolonged Routine Security Operations on Wartime CapabilitiesThe Outbreak of War during Conceptual or Doctrinal ChangeFrom Routine Security Operations to War: Identifying, Assimilating, and Implementing ChangeThe American Past, Present Challenges, and Future LessonsConclusions
"This is an important book. Military Agility deserves a wide readership, especially among those who have responsibility for defense modernization, force design, doctrine, and readiness. Finkel provides a strong foundation for the development of defense strategies to deter armed conflict and ensure military effectiveness at the outset of war. Military Agility is a model of how to use history to inform contemporary policy and efforts to lead meaningful change in large organizations." -- Gen. H.R. McMaster, author of Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World
"Years ago I heard that Meir Finkel was a deep thinker, as well as an admired combat leader. This book justifies his reputation: by focusing on the transition from peace to war, the author illuminates both. He also teaches us that balance-of-power calculations should allow a large role to 'transition flexibility.'" -- Edward Luttwak, senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the author of Coup d'État: A Practical Handbook, and Strategy: The Logic of War and Peace