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The Dragons and the Snakes Just A Few Years Ago, People Spoke Of The US As A Hyperpower A Titan Stalking The World Stage With Relative Power Than Any Empire In History Yet As Early As , Newly Appointed CIA Director James Woolsey Pointed Out That Although Western Powers Had Slain A Large Dragon By Defeating The Soviet Union In The Cold War, They Now Faced A Bewildering Variety Of Poisonous Snakes In The Dragons And The Snakes, The Eminent Soldier Scholar David Kilcullen Asks How, And What, Opponents Of The West Have Learned During The Last Quarter Century Of Conflict Applying A Combination Of Evolutionary Theory And Detailed Field Observation, He Explains What Happened To The Snakes Non State Threats Including Terrorists And Guerrillas And The Dragons State Based Competitors Such As Russia And China He Explores How Enemies Learn Under Conditions Of Conflict, And Examines How Western Dominance Over A Very Particular, Narrowly Defined Form Of Warfare Since The Cold War Has Created A Fitness Landscape That Forces Adversaries To Adapt In Ways That Present Serious New Challenges To America And Its Allies Within The World S Contemporary Conflict Zones, Kilcullen Argues, State And Non State Threats Have Increasingly Come To Resemble Each Other, With States Adopting Non State Techniques And Non State Actors Now Able To Access Levels Of Precision And Lethal Weapon Systems Once Only Available To GovernmentsA Counterintuitive Look At This New, Vastly Complex Environment, The Dragons And The Snakes Will Not Only Reshape Our Understanding Of The West S Enemies Capabilities, But Will Also Show How We Can Respond Given The Increasing Limits On US Power

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    Disturbingly brilliant David Kilcullen, ever the thoughtful observer of wars and the people who wage them, captures the changes in warfare that already confound and threaten to overwhelm us He correctly shows that we are mentally and physically unprepared for the new nature of conflict, and will likely pay dearly for it.Stan McChrystal, partner at McChrystal Group David Kilcullen has produced another thoughtful, important book At a time when some believe that the return of competition with great powers i.e dragons might serve as an emotional cathartic to help forget the long war against jihadist terrorist organisations i.e snakes , the author exposes and transcends that false choice His ideas about how to fight for peace in a dangerous world should be read and discussed not only by diplomats, defense officials, and military officers, but also by citizens concerned about securing a better future for their children.H.R McMaster, author of Dereliction of Duty and the forthcoming Battlegrounds To absorb Kilcullen s insights is to be forced to rethink national and international security in this new century and to adjust military and nonmilitary institutions to a host of new realities Senior policymakers have no choice but to do so.Gary Hart, member of United States Senate Armed Services and Intelligence Committees An eye opening look at the state of strategic balance between the United States and its rivals, large and small The author delivers a detailed and unsettling analysis of how America s rivals have adapted to the modern strategic landscape and how they hope to defeat us Essential reading for anyone concerned with America s future on the world stage. STARRED REVIEW Kirkus Reviews

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