LOSING MILITARY SUPREMACY: The Myopia of American Strategic Planning

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The technological dimension of American “strategy” has completely overshadowed any concern with the social, cultural, operational and even tactical requirements of military (and political) conflict.  With a new Cold War with Russia emerging, the United States enters a new period of geopolitical turbulence completely unprepared in any meaningful way—intellectually, economically, militarily or culturally—to face a reality which was hidden for the last 70+ years

“Martyanov’s must-read book is the ultimate Weapon of Myth Destruction (WMD). And unlike the Saddam Hussein version, this one actually exists.”
PEPE ESCOBAR, AsiaTimes

“The arrogant hubris of American exceptionalism and the myths that sustain it are subjected to devastating analysis in this long overdue book.”
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS, “A Book for our Time”

     

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SYNOPSIS

American exceptionalist culture has deep roots in the American founding, which even Alexis De Tocqueville observed in his seminal work in 1837. While exceptionalism is not unique to America, the intensity of their conviction and its global ramifications are. This view of its exceptionalism has led the US to grossly misinterpret—sometimes deliberately—the causative factors of key events of the past two centuries. Accordingly, the wrong conclusions have been derived, and very wrong lessons learned. Nowhere has this been more manifest than in American military thought and its actual application of military power. Time after time the American military has failed to match lofty declarations about its superiority, producing instead a mediocre record of military accomplishments. Starting from the Korean War the United States hasn’t won a single war against a technologically inferior, but mentally tough enemy.

The technological dimension of American “strategy” has completely overshadowed any concern with the social, cultural, operational and even tactical requirements of military (and political) conflict.  With a new Cold War with Russia emerging, the United States enters a new period of geopolitical turbulence completely unprepared in any meaningful way—intellectually, economically, militarily or culturally—to face a reality which was hidden for the last 70+ years behind the curtain of never-ending Chalabi moments and a strategic delusion concerning Russia, whose history the US viewed through a Solzhenitsified caricature kept alive by a powerful neocon lobby, which even today dominates US policy makers’ minds.

This book
•        explores the dramatic difference between the Russian and US approach to warfare, which manifests itself across the whole spectrum of activities from art and the economy, to the respective national cultures;
•        illustrates the fact that Russian economic, military and cultural realities and power are no longer what American “elites” think they are by addressing Russia’s new and elevated capacities in the areas of traditional warfare as well as cyberwarfare and space; and
•        studies in depth several ways in which the US can simply stumble into conflict with Russia and what must be done to avoid it.

Martyanov’s former Soviet military background enables deep insight into the fundamental issues of warfare and military power as a function of national power—assessed correctly, not through the lens of Wall Street “economic” indices and a FIRE economy, but through the numbers of enclosed technological cycles and culture, much of which has been shaped in Russia by continental warfare and which is practically absent in the US.

An understanding of these serious, fundamental problems may help mitigate the mayhem that an Empire in decline may unleash globally out of both desperation and ignorance.

 

 

Book Details

ISBN

9780998694757

EBOOK ISBN

9780998694764

Pages

249

Year of publication

2018

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eBook, Paperback

Author

Andrei Martyanov

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8 reviews for LOSING MILITARY SUPREMACY: The Myopia of American Strategic Planning

  1. Paul Craig Roberts

    “The arrogant hubris of American exceptionalism and the myths that sustain it are subjected to devastating analysis in this long overdue book.” Paul Craig Roberts, “A Book for our Time”

  2. Pepe Escobar

    “Future historians may well identify Russian President Vladimir Putin’s landmark March 1 speech as the ultimate game-changer in the 21st-century New Great Game in Eurasia. The reason is minutely detailed in Losing Military Supremacy: The Myopia of American Strategic Planning, a new book by Russian military/naval analyst Andrei Martyanov…

    Martyanov’s must-read book is the ultimate Weapon of Myth Destruction (WMD). And unlike the Saddam Hussein version, this one actually exists.” Pepe Escobar, AsiaTimes

  3. The Saker

    “But of all the aspects of the ‘American dream’, the single most resilient one has been the myth of the US military as “the finest fighting force in history”. In this new book, Andrei Martyanov not only comprehensively debunks this myth, he explains step by step how this myth was created and why it is collapsing now. This is no small feat, especially in a relatively short book (225 pages) which is very well written and accessible to everyone, not just military specialists.

    Martyanov takes a systematic and step-by-step approach: first, he defines military power, then he explains where the myth of US military superiority came from and how the US rewriting of the history of WWII resulted in a complete misunderstanding, especially at the top political levels, of the nature of modern warfare. He then discusses the role ideology and the Cold War played in further exacerbating the detachment of US leaders from
    reality. Finally, he demonstrates how a combination of delusional narcissism and outright corruption resulted in a US military capable of wasting truly phenomenal sums of money on “defense” while at the same time resulting in an actual force unable to win a war against anything but a weak and defenseless enemy…

    …The above summary does not do justice to Martyanov’s truly seminal book. I can only say that I consider this book as an absolutely indispensable “must read” for every person in the US who loves his/her country and for every person who believes that wars, especially nuclear ones, must be avoided at all costs…”
    The Saker. Unz.com

  4. STEPHEN LENDMAN, Global Research

    “The cutting-edge issue of our time is whether humanity can survive America’s rage for global dominance while failing to acknowledge its declining supremacy relative to other nations. In his must read new book, titled Losing Military Supremacy: The Myopia of American Strategic Planning, Russian military analyst Andrei Martyanov discussed this important issue – America’s inexorable decline despite spending countless trillions of dollars to remain the dominant global superpower… Martyanov’s book provides important insights into America’s declining military supremacy, affecting this most vital issue of our time.”

  5. DONALD J. MILLER, Jr, Lew Rockwell.

    The Kinzhal missile’s speed alone makes it immune to all current air defenses. As military analyst, Andrei Martyanov, states: “This is a complete game changer geopolitically, strategically, operationally, tactically, and psychologically.” Martyanov’s book, Losing Military Supremacy: the Myopia of American Strategic Planning, published two months ago, is well worth reading.

  6. RON RIDENOUR, Counterpunch

    This is not a typical leftist or peace activist, but after reading his book and a piece on the website of the world’s most aggressive naval institution, I surmise that this Russian-American seeks to influence the avaricious eagle into realizing that warring against the cautious bear would not achieve success for anyone. Here is his conclusion of that blog piece:

    “Today, the Russian Navy is on its way to becoming a leaner and more potent…version of its former Soviet self, capable of carrying out any task in defense of its country. By doing so, the Russian Navy has finally found its mission. Considering Russia’s immense and tragic experience with warfare, such an accomplishment is no small feat. Especially in the absence of a coherent navy specific doctrine.”

    This statement is in keeping with what Martyanov sees as his book’s key mission, to assist his native country in defending its national sovereignty, which entails acting to prevent a nuclear world war. As he states in the conclusion of his book, “Losing Military Supremacy”, he is most worried that it is the United States that will pull the triggers to set off World War III.

  7. BRYANT BROWN, GlobalResearch

    “Martyanov advises the United States, and especially its elites, need to understand ‘…the technical dominance the U.S. enjoyed…is over.’

    His book is well researched, well written, full of insights and worth reading.” BRYANT BROWN, GlobalResearch.ca, originally published in Esprit de Corps Magazine

  8. Revue conflits

    “The Russian military industrial complex having survived at the end of the cold war and the economic collapse of the 1990s, permitting it to embark on the development after the decision taken by George W. Bush in 2001 to withdraw from the ABM Treaty. In his discourse of March 1st, 2018, Vladimir Putin then revealed the existence of six of their new arms, among them the long range ballistic missile RS-28 Sarmat and the ground to air (Mach 10) hypersonic missile Kirjal. Martyanov also announced the end of stealth and thus that of the American technological superiority in the air. Thus, for Martyanov, short of a nuclear exchange, the United States is not able to defeat either Russia or China in a conventional war in their immediate geographical neighborhood.
    If Martyanov does a fair enough analysis of the American vulnerabilities, we may regret his disagreeable tendency to bring everything back to the “Great Patriotic War”. Finally, this work, researched and argued, even though sometimes a little unilaterally, has the merit of transmitting to us the Russian perceptions of this rivalry.”
    Revue Conflits

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