This textbook provides a comprehensive introduction to modern strategy, covering the context, theory, and practice of military strategy in all its different forms.

Covering all the main issues in the field, the book explores the major themes through a combination of classical and modern strategic theory, history, and current practice. It is split into three main sections:

  • The first provides the context for contemporary strategy and includes discussions of the human, technological, intelligence, ethical, and grand strategic dimensions.
  • The second part explores the theory and practice of strategy in different geographical domains, including land, sea, air, space, and cyberspace.
  • The final part engages with three of the most challenging forms of strategy in the contemporary era: nuclear weapons, terrorism, and insurgency.

This second edition brings the book up to date by including discussions of the rise and fall of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS); the emergence of robotics and artificial intelligence; major events in space and cyberspace; and the growing profile of nuclear weapons. Each chapter presents the reader with a succinct summary of the topic, provides a challenging analysis of current issues, and finishes with key points, questions for discussion, and further reading.

This book will be essential reading for upper-level students of strategic studies, war studies, military history, and international security.

chapter |10 pages


part I|128 pages


chapter 1|21 pages


chapter 2|19 pages

The human dimension

chapter 3|29 pages

The ethics of war

chapter 4|28 pages


chapter 5|17 pages


chapter 6|12 pages

Grand strategy

part II|127 pages

The geographic domains

chapter 7|25 pages

Land power

chapter 8|23 pages

Sea power

chapter 9|27 pages

Air power

chapter 10|20 pages

Space power

chapter 11|30 pages

Cyber power

part III|82 pages

Contemporary strategic challenges

chapter 12|30 pages

Nuclear strategy

chapter 13|20 pages


chapter 14|26 pages

Insurgency and counterinsurgency