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Command in War
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am 5. Mai 2000
This is the best non-fiction book I have ever read. Van Creveld traces the history of command systems in organized warfare. His conclusion is that successful command systems did not employ breathrough technology but, rather, so organized themselves that they could function with less information flow. They did this by either compressing the organization so less communication was needed (e.g., the phalanx) or decentralizing decision making so that information did not have to flow as far up or down the organization. Added to this informational efficiency was a "directed telescope" that permitted commanders to focus on essential points in the system in detail, which had the secondary purpose of keeping lower level commanders honest through fear of intense scrutiny from on high. Finally, informal channels of communication existed to grease the wheels of the formal system, as well as to permit temporary but essential circumvention of the formal system in emergencies.
Van Creveld's scholarship is broad and impressive; he researched in, and translated from, several languages. His sense of irony and good story telling make for a can't-put-down read.
This book is great for military buffs, and is equally useful for business managers who recognize that the hot new management buzzwords being hawked by the consultant industry cannot compare to thoughtful analysis.
By the way, for those who believe the Internet will easily and immediately change how we do business, check out van Creveld's Technology and War.
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am 4. April 2003
short: I read it within one weekend!
long:The author uses one-side-views of historic campaigns to give the reader an insight into command, control, coordination and cooperation.
My conclusion was that every state of the technology had its own optimal command system, and the Auftragstaktik seems to be extraordinarily good in this book.
It's a good background for thinking about the USArmy's ideas about networking and battlefield information flows. But it's not comprehensive nor does it contain much hints for the future. Technology might change the future command system, that's clear if you look at the presented history.
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am 28. September 1999
Martin Van Creveld writes a thought provoking work which provides the framework for a critical analysis of command systems. This historical study of command provides insight into the evolution of modern problems, and suggests potential solutions for the inquisitive mind. Not just for the military professional, business professionals benefit from his suggestions on "rightsizing" and reorganization.
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