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dc.contributor.advisorRothstein, Hy
dc.contributor.authorHartigan, Jake.
dc.date.accessioned2012-03-14T17:41:52Z
dc.date.available2012-03-14T17:41:52Z
dc.date.issued2009-12
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/4429
dc.description.abstractThis thesis builds on the research and ideas of the school of thought that believes strategy is the most important factor in predicting war outcomes. One shortcoming of that school is the inability to explain why strong actors would implement a strategy that does not provide the highest probability of victory. This project uses a game theoretic model to illustrate how a seemingly non-optimal strategy may be rational for initial phases of the conflict. However, this rationale does not apply beyond initial stages of conflict. To explain non-optimal strategy selection in prolonged conflicts, this project analyzes strategy drivers-factors that influence strategy selection and implementation. Probability of victory is only one of the factors found to influence strategy implementation. Other than probability of victory, this study finds that the institutional predisposition of a military is the most important because it is the most consistent and the most controllable by the military. With this conceptual basis, the project analyzes U.S. involvement in Afghanistan since 2001. It also takes a cursory look at U.S. operations in Iraq since 2003, the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s, and the U.S. involvement in Vietnam. The model and case studies illustrate a U.S. military institutional predisposition with an excessive disposition towards direct attack. As such, this thesis recommends taking action to provide the U.S. military with a more neutral institutional predisposition.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/whyweakwinwarsst109454429
dc.format.extentxii, 83 p. ;en_US
dc.publisherMonterey, California. Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.subject.lcshStrategyen_US
dc.subject.lcshModelingen_US
dc.subject.lcshAsymmetric warfareen_US
dc.titleWhy the weak win wars a study of the factors that drive strategy in asymmetric conflicten_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderBlanken, Leo
dc.contributor.corporateNaval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
dc.contributor.departmentDefense Analysis (DA)
dc.description.serviceUS Air Force (USAF) author.en_US
dc.identifier.oclc503116137
etd.thesisdegree.nameM.S.en_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineDefense Analysisen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
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