Germany's Bundeswehr lacks the culture to win at war

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Germany's politicians have demanded the modern German army, the Bundeswehr, be stripped of all German military traditions, not just those of the Nazi period, but this will only guarantee the army's failure in any time of battle and crisis.

War reflects human nature and culture

WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- All of Martin van Creveld's books are worth reading, but a few are "big books," books so important that anyone interested in war must read them.

Defense Focus: FCS follies -- Part 2

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- In his classic work "Command in War," Israeli military historian Martin van Creveld describes how the German General Staff in the first years of the 20th century under Field Marshal Alfred Count von Schlieffen was determined to bring scientific rationalism and perfect comprehension to the battlefield by micro-managing the deployment of millions of men with overwhelming firepower to crush France in the very first weeks of any conflict.
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

Defense Focus: Wonder weapons -- Part 2

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Why is Russia investing heavily in new thermobaric bombs and more formidable conventional submarines when it already has a formidable nuclear arsenal in nuclear-powered munitions and subs? There appears to be only one realistic answer: Russia is preparing to fight conventional wars as well as deterring nuclear ones.
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

Defense Focus: Ready for all wars

WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- A 19th century diplomat is reported to have told the Emperor Napoleon that you can do anything with bayonets except sit on them. His point was that while big armies are ideal for conquering countries, they cannot occupy them indefinitely and keep the peace: You need a political solution to do that.
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

Think Tanks Wrap-up

WASHINGTON, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- The UPI Think Tank Wrap-Up is a daily digest covering brief opinion pieces, reactions to recent news events, and position statements released by various think t

Martin Levi van Creveld (born 5 March 1946) is an Israeli military historian and theorist.

Van Creveld was born in the Netherlands in the city of Rotterdam, but has lived in Israel since shortly after his birth. He holds degrees from the London School of Economics and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he has been on the faculty since 1971. He is the author of seventeen books on military history and strategy, of which Command in War (1985), Supplying War: Logistics from Wallenstein to Patton (1977, 2nd edition 2004), The Transformation of War (1991), The Sword and the Olive (1998) and The Rise and Decline of the State (1999) are among the best known. Van Creveld has lectured or taught at virtually every strategic institute, military or civilian, in the Western world, including the U.S. Naval War College, most recently in December, 1999 and January, 2000.

The 1991 book The Transformation of War (UK: The Future of War) was translated into French, German (New German edition in 2004), Russian, and Spanish. In this treatise of military theory, van Creveld develops what he calls the non-trinitarian theory of warfare, which he juxtaposes to the famous work by Clausewitz, On War

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