gulf war strategy
Following the Vietnam war there was a national perception that the United States was no longer a major military power. In actuality, the United States had not lost power but military authority. The difference between the two is explained in the following excerpt from On Strategy II: A Critical Analysis of the Gulf War by Col. Harry G. Summers:
Simply stated, military power, based on physical factors that can be counted and computerized, is the aggregate of the size of a nation’s armed forces; the strength of its weaponry, arms, and equipment; and the sufficiency of its sustaining logistical base. Military authority, on the other hand, is based on the more intangible perceptions by other nations that such power will be used, if need be, in pursuit of national interests. While unquantifiable, it is nonetheless real.
These physical factors are the means of a Military Strategic Equation. A Military Strategic Equation is composed of the e...