The Routledge Handbook of Defence Studies provides a comprehensive collection of essays on contemporary defence studies by leading international scholars.

Defence studies is a multi-disciplinary study of how agents, predominantly states, prepare for and go to war. Whereas security studies has been broadened and stretched to cover at times the near totality of international and domestic affairs, and war studies has come to mean not just operations and tactics but also experiences and outcomes, defence studies remains a coherent area of study primarily aimed at how defence policy changes over time and in relation to stimulating factors such as alterations in power, strategy and technology. This new Handbook offers a complete landscape of this area of study and contributes to a review of defence studies in terms of policy, security and war, but also looks forward to new challenges to existing conceptions of defence and how this is changing as states and their militaries also change. The volume is divided into four thematic sections: Defence as Policy; Defence Practice; Operations and Tactics; and Contemporary Defence Issues. The ability to review the field while also looking forward to further research is an important element of a sustainable text on defence studies. In as much as this volume is able to highlight the main themes of defence studies, it also offers an in-depth look into how defence issues can be examined and compared in a contemporary setting.

This Handbook will be of great interest to students of defence studies, strategic studies, war studies, security studies and IR.

chapter |2 pages


ByDavid J. Galbreath, John R. Deni

part I|48 pages

Defence as policy

chapter 1|13 pages

Defence As Policy

ByTrevor Taylor

chapter 2|11 pages

Defence As War

ByOlivier Schmitt

chapter 3|11 pages

Defence As Security

ByHannah E. Dönges, Stephanie C. Hofmann

chapter 4|11 pages

Methods In Defence Studies

ByDelphine Deschaux-Dutard

part II|118 pages

Defence practice

chapter 5|19 pages

Defence Budgets

ByKeith Hartley

chapter 6|15 pages

Defence Procurement *

ByMatthew Uttley

chapter 7|11 pages

Recruiting And Retention To Sustain A Volunteer Military Force

ByBeth J. Asch, John T. Warner

chapter 8|15 pages

Professional Military Education

ByVictoria Syme-Taylor, Duraid Jalili

chapter 9|12 pages

Military Logistics

ByMahyar A. Amouzegar

chapter 10|11 pages

Military Doctrine

ByHarald Høiback

chapter 11|11 pages


ByThomas G. Mahnken

chapter 12|11 pages

Defence-Strategic Culture

Between power and rules
ByJulian Lindley-French

chapter 13|11 pages

Civil–Military Relations

ByBirthe Anders

part III|119 pages

Operations and tactics

chapter 14|15 pages

Land Warfare

ByChristopher Tuck

chapter 15|12 pages

Air Warfare

ByViktoriya Fedorchak

chapter 16|16 pages

Naval Warfare

ByAlessio Patalano

chapter 17|11 pages

Insurgency And Counterinsurgency

ByCeleste Ward Gventer

chapter 18|13 pages

Nuclear Warfare And Deterrence

ByJohn Friend, Bradley A. Thayer

chapter 19|10 pages

Cyber Warfare

ByChris Bronk

chapter 20|12 pages

Joint Combined Operations

ByThomas A. Drohan

chapter 21|12 pages

Peace operations and ‘no peace to keep’

ByBerma Klein Goldewijk, Joseph Soeters

chapter 22|16 pages

Intelligence, Surveillance And Reconnaissance

ByAdam D.M. Svendsen

part IV|105 pages

Contemporary defence issues

chapter 23|11 pages

Public Opinion And Defence

ByBastian Giegerich

chapter 24|13 pages

The Role Of Private Military Corporations In Defence

ByMark Erbel, Christopher Kinsey

chapter 25|12 pages

Resilience, Security And Defense

ByBrett Edwards

chapter 26|12 pages

Military Transformation

ByPeter Dombrowski

chapter 27|11 pages

Military Robots And Drones

ByUlrike Esther Franke

chapter 28|13 pages

Military Alliances

ByJames Sperling

chapter 29|12 pages

Security Assistance

ByJohn R. Deni

chapter 30|19 pages

Future War 1

ByManabrata Guha