Small Wars Journal

Buying Victory: Money as a Weapon on the Battlefields of Today and Tomorrow

Buying Victory: Money as a Weapon on the Battlefields of Today and Tomorrow by Jonathan Bate and Duncan Walker - Modern War Institute

BLUF – “How can the US military harness the power of tactical economics as a tool to consolidate gains? Updated doctrine, improved leader education, and stronger relationships with civilian researchers would provide a starting point, but there is no one right answer for employing tactical economics effectively across varied operating environment. Tactical units will need to experiment and evaluate what works in a specific context. But they will need a starting point, and as Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster has pointed out, echoing historian Sir Michael Howard, it is important to not be “so far off the mark” that you can’t adjust once the demands of a specific combat problem reveal themselves.” With better starting assumptions and an upgraded evaluation plan, the US military can harness the power of economics to win conflicts during future decisive action operations.”

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