Hard Power, Soft Power, and Muddy Power and the Current World

Hard Power, Soft Power, and Muddy Power and the Current World

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Windsor Castle Muster ER 60 LONDON 2012 I was taught many years ago that there are several types of militaries (specifically armies but it’s applicable across the board)
  • The political army: this is used mostly to keep the civilian populace under control. The original (prewar) SS would be a good example of this
  • The parade ground army: this is the army that looks really good on parade, but unexpectedly fall apart when confronted by an enemy
  • The war fighting army: this is the army that can’t parade for a damn but look out on the battlefield. For a good part of its history, this is a fair fit for the US Army
  • Then there is one more type: The army that can look good (or better) on the parade ground, and fight a war excellently, and even more to the point, do it anywhere in the world. The prototype of this one is Imperial Rome. In the…

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