Nuclear Heuristics: Selected Writings of Albert and

Nuclear Heuristics: Selected Writings of Albert and


4 thoughts on “Nuclear Heuristics: Selected Writings of Albert and Roberta Wohlstetter

  1. Christoph Christoph says:

    Having perused the arguments in this collection of the great 20th century strategist Albert Wohlstetter and by inclusion his wife Roberta I find it interesting to so vehemently disagree with someone that I seem to agree with That is to say although we seem to arrive at the same conclusions opposition to MADD the use of technology in warfare the reasons why and the supporting evidence are nearly the opposite we have the means to blow 'them' off the map without the need for total annihilation vs immorality in targeting a non aggressing enemy improved accuracy in targeting is beneficial then increase in firepower vs non aggressive force techniuesThe first thing that strikes me is that he comes off as pretty hypocritical in terms of those outcomes desired and the utter contradiction to other organizations or state actors that may wish their theory work out as well Some would say this is a fundamental aspect of strategy I would say those people are passe We are in an age where strategy does not have to be us versus them; strategy can easily incorporate the enemy in terms of a conspirator Mr Wohlstetter sees a hierarchy or structure that has US interests and goals in the center of a cluster of competing and supporting goals and all actions need to approach a cluster that is always preferable to the object goals But even if his model is not the basis of reality he will do whatever is necessary to align reality with the dimensions of his model rather than vice versa This is the well understood concept of manufacture of reality And so this is the difference of Wohlstetter's techniue then compared to other movements theories and people in history It is a ruthless hypocritical and unfair by design method that follows all the logical and social guidelines for a successful theory The analysis morphs into the best suited form for whatever the circumstances are it is basically the strategic form of relativism For instance Mr Wohlstetter continuously breaks down opponents arguments for a series of subject specific expectations so each example always needs to be contextualized in an argument that is specific only to that opponent but the author assures us the formulation this go around is general ironically that would never be expected to be put on the object of the theory that is US interests or generally the theories own goals It is important to note that Wohlstetter's theory has the advantage of already being positioned in a dominate mode If the cartel hierarchy appreciably changed the dominance dependence of Wohlstetter's objectives would almost certainly be hindered by other successful competitors Which is exactly what has happened by use of the theory on lesser state actors historically Regardless only a society of civilized violence would produce this kind of theory and has without limiting it to any kind of purely national or cultural event since this is the kind of society that thrives on relativism and dominance for success So the same multi cultural or at least multi international inter agency conglomerates that only dilute the importance of the dominant power when it comes to harmonization need to be either protected to seem the benefactor or protected as a resource to ameliorate with if not ignored when crisis occursReturning to the notion of path dependence of these arguments let me take the cause to champion of Wohlstetter's perspective that of discriminate defense Aside the metaphors describing the nearly semantic difference between offense and defense a true goal is never identified based on any criteria However examples are immediately provided to give a context before analysis can even be provided So the idea is that we should not be wantonly threatening the absolute annihilation of an aggressing nation Besides the sometimes pesky reason that it is immoral the fact that we can threaten a much targeted and deft an attack then annihilation is provided So the existing theory of MADD was pitted as the boogey man to discriminate defense which also hoped to be the solution To some degree aspects of his theory were always in application by federal actors since an occasional incoherence in strategy application was advertised to add the element of confusion to true aims although true strategy is deemed to follow in the international diplomatic agreements it formulates But the denial of MADD is not a statistical or economic calculation it is purely moral its all you need unless you base your determination of technocratic principles as the origin of policy And this is the final argument against the perspective Wohlstetter has conceptualized the technocratic determination of policy which the revered economists have developed a basis of the neo conservative core The technocrat like those developed at RAND can justify away a series of perhaps income independent benefits due to the low economic benefit of an impact if so desired So the right read moral choice can be financially or statistically averaged out of existence This is not an option a society based on justice would allow to whittle away But these formulations were intended to control the application of policy than to critiue it or even justify itAs the commentators in this tome the guest writers mostly students or legacy followers of our great subject write either glorifying recounts or implications of the included texts by the sections theme or self glorifying predictions for future states of affairs with some kind of paralleling statement to events of Wohlstetter's time as if the two times are interchangeable for the given solution So just to clarify it is a general theory it doesn't have to be contextualized But I thought it was built on the idea that it is a dynamic model Most of these writers if not all are clearly if not discriminately conservative essentially reactionary thinkers The followers and students of Wohlstetter tend to be camped in with the neo conservative movement The parts of this book i enjoyed were the history of the situation and the description of context in both the historical texts and the current contextualization of those ideas Similarly the paths of logic which are sound if not ingenious to Mr Wohlstetter are interesting to follow and are certainly coherently categorized here The facts and figures which are well documented and footnoted are a great point of departure for many applications of the very disciplines he was championing At the end of the day despite the biases and allegiances of the subject many important points facts and sources on nuclear policy strategic thought military strategy resource management and economic analysis can be gleaned One day history will judge this time and its thinkers free of any direct influence on the observers How will we fare thenPS Richard Perle is a douchebag


  2. Turgut Turgut says:

    Smart and cool guy


  3. Nick Black Nick Black says:

    Free pdf available from the US Army War College's Strategic Studies Institute thanks guys For those who don't know Wohlstetter was the Atoms for Peace pundit swords into plowshares opening up ports with tactical warheads etcAside So open up your American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 everybody S1 is available here Check out the goodness; one cool billion for research into the atomic artsATOMIC ENERGY DEFENSE ACTIVITIESNational Nuclear Security AdministrationWEAPONS ACTIVITIES For an additional amount for weapons activities 1000000000 to remain available until September 30 2010w00t Employment opportunities for CSNRE MS graduates ought remain strong D Damn it feels good to be a gangsta


  4. Peter Sprunger Peter Sprunger says:

    To wordy dense for me to read straight through but I'm glad it is on my shelf


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Nuclear Heuristics: Selected Writings of Albert and Roberta Wohlstetter [Read] ➬ Nuclear Heuristics: Selected Writings of Albert and Roberta Wohlstetter Author Albert Wohlstetter – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Pioneers of nuclear age policy analysis Albert Wohlstetter 1913 1997 and Roberta Wohlstetter 1912 2007 emerged as two of America's most controversial innovative and conseuential strategists Through th Pioneers of nuclear age policy analysis Albert Selected Writings PDF Î Wohlstetter and Roberta Wohlstetter emerged as two of America's most controversial innovative and conseuential strategists Through the clarity of their thinking the rigor of their research Nuclear Heuristics: Epub / and the persistence of their personalities they were able to shape the views and aid the decisions of Democratic and Republican policymakers both during and after the Cold War Although the Wohlstetters' strategic concepts and analytical methods continue Heuristics: Selected Writings PDF È to be highly influential no book has brought together their most important published and unpublished essays until nowEdited by Robert Zarate and Henry Sokolski With short commentaries by Henry S Rowen Alain C Enthoven Richard Perle Stephen J Heuristics: Selected Writings of Albert PDF/EPUB ² Lukasik and Andrew W Marshall For visit Albert Wohlstetter Dot Com.

  • Paperback
  • 679 pages
  • Nuclear Heuristics: Selected Writings of Albert and Roberta Wohlstetter
  • Albert Wohlstetter
  • English
  • 12 December 2016
  • 9781584873709

4 thoughts on “Nuclear Heuristics: Selected Writings of Albert and Roberta Wohlstetter

  1. Christoph Christoph says:

    Having perused the arguments in this collection of the great 20th century strategist Albert Wohlstetter and by inclusion his wife Roberta I find it interesting to so vehemently disagree with someone that I seem to agree with That is to say although we seem to arrive at the same conclusions opposition to MADD the use of technology in warfare the reasons why and the supporting evidence are nearly the opposite we have the means to blow 'them' off the map without the need for total annihilation vs immorality in targeting a non aggressing enemy improved accuracy in targeting is beneficial then increase in firepower vs non aggressive force techniuesThe first thing that strikes me is that he comes off as pretty hypocritical in terms of those outcomes desired and the utter contradiction to other organizations or state actors that may wish their theory work out as well Some would say this is a fundamental aspect of strategy I would say those people are passe We are in an age where strategy does not have to be us versus them; strategy can easily incorporate the enemy in terms of a conspirator Mr Wohlstetter sees a hierarchy or structure that has US interests and goals in the center of a cluster of competing and supporting goals and all actions need to approach a cluster that is always preferable to the object goals But even if his model is not the basis of reality he will do whatever is necessary to align reality with the dimensions of his model rather than vice versa This is the well understood concept of manufacture of reality And so this is the difference of Wohlstetter's techniue then compared to other movements theories and people in history It is a ruthless hypocritical and unfair by design method that follows all the logical and social guidelines for a successful theory The analysis morphs into the best suited form for whatever the circumstances are it is basically the strategic form of relativism For instance Mr Wohlstetter continuously breaks down opponents arguments for a series of subject specific expectations so each example always needs to be contextualized in an argument that is specific only to that opponent but the author assures us the formulation this go around is general ironically that would never be expected to be put on the object of the theory that is US interests or generally the theories own goals It is important to note that Wohlstetter's theory has the advantage of already being positioned in a dominate mode If the cartel hierarchy appreciably changed the dominance dependence of Wohlstetter's objectives would almost certainly be hindered by other successful competitors Which is exactly what has happened by use of the theory on lesser state actors historically Regardless only a society of civilized violence would produce this kind of theory and has without limiting it to any kind of purely national or cultural event since this is the kind of society that thrives on relativism and dominance for success So the same multi cultural or at least multi international inter agency conglomerates that only dilute the importance of the dominant power when it comes to harmonization need to be either protected to seem the benefactor or protected as a resource to ameliorate with if not ignored when crisis occursReturning to the notion of path dependence of these arguments let me take the cause to champion of Wohlstetter's perspective that of discriminate defense Aside the metaphors describing the nearly semantic difference between offense and defense a true goal is never identified based on any criteria However examples are immediately provided to give a context before analysis can even be provided So the idea is that we should not be wantonly threatening the absolute annihilation of an aggressing nation Besides the sometimes pesky reason that it is immoral the fact that we can threaten a much targeted and deft an attack then annihilation is provided So the existing theory of MADD was pitted as the boogey man to discriminate defense which also hoped to be the solution To some degree aspects of his theory were always in application by federal actors since an occasional incoherence in strategy application was advertised to add the element of confusion to true aims although true strategy is deemed to follow in the international diplomatic agreements it formulates But the denial of MADD is not a statistical or economic calculation it is purely moral its all you need unless you base your determination of technocratic principles as the origin of policy And this is the final argument against the perspective Wohlstetter has conceptualized the technocratic determination of policy which the revered economists have developed a basis of the neo conservative core The technocrat like those developed at RAND can justify away a series of perhaps income independent benefits due to the low economic benefit of an impact if so desired So the right read moral choice can be financially or statistically averaged out of existence This is not an option a society based on justice would allow to whittle away But these formulations were intended to control the application of policy than to critiue it or even justify itAs the commentators in this tome the guest writers mostly students or legacy followers of our great subject write either glorifying recounts or implications of the included texts by the sections theme or self glorifying predictions for future states of affairs with some kind of paralleling statement to events of Wohlstetter's time as if the two times are interchangeable for the given solution So just to clarify it is a general theory it doesn't have to be contextualized But I thought it was built on the idea that it is a dynamic model Most of these writers if not all are clearly if not discriminately conservative essentially reactionary thinkers The followers and students of Wohlstetter tend to be camped in with the neo conservative movement The parts of this book i enjoyed were the history of the situation and the description of context in both the historical texts and the current contextualization of those ideas Similarly the paths of logic which are sound if not ingenious to Mr Wohlstetter are interesting to follow and are certainly coherently categorized here The facts and figures which are well documented and footnoted are a great point of departure for many applications of the very disciplines he was championing At the end of the day despite the biases and allegiances of the subject many important points facts and sources on nuclear policy strategic thought military strategy resource management and economic analysis can be gleaned One day history will judge this time and its thinkers free of any direct influence on the observers How will we fare thenPS Richard Perle is a douchebag

  2. Turgut Turgut says:

    Smart and cool guy

  3. Nick Black Nick Black says:

    Free pdf available from the US Army War College's Strategic Studies Institute thanks guys For those who don't know Wohlstetter was the Atoms for Peace pundit swords into plowshares opening up ports with tactical warheads etcAside So open up your American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 everybody S1 is available here Check out the goodness; one cool billion for research into the atomic artsATOMIC ENERGY DEFENSE ACTIVITIESNational Nuclear Security AdministrationWEAPONS ACTIVITIES For an additional amount for weapons activities 1000000000 to remain available until September 30 2010w00t Employment opportunities for CSNRE MS graduates ought remain strong D Damn it feels good to be a gangsta

  4. Peter Sprunger Peter Sprunger says:

    To wordy dense for me to read straight through but I'm glad it is on my shelf

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