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The dynamics of British military transformation

Journal Article


Abstract


  • The British military have embarked on a comprehensive process of transformation towards a network-enabled, effects-orientated, and expeditionary force posture. This has involved developing brand new military doctrine, organizational concepts, and technology. The US military are also transforming, and American military ideas about network-centric and effects-based warfare have influenced the British military. But the British have not simply aped their US ally. Rather, British military transformation has followed a different path. Hence, this article proposes a dynamic model of military innovation involving two international drivers: new operational challenges and military emulation; and three national shapers: resource constraints, domestic politics and military culture. This model is then applied to a detailed empirical analysis of the process and progress of British military transformation.

Publication Date


  • 2008

Citation


  • Farrell, T. 2008, 'The dynamics of British military transformation', International Affairs: promoting dialogue between academics and policy-makers, vol. 84, no. 4, pp. 777-807.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-47949131980

Number Of Pages


  • 30

Start Page


  • 777

End Page


  • 807

Volume


  • 84

Issue


  • 4

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • The British military have embarked on a comprehensive process of transformation towards a network-enabled, effects-orientated, and expeditionary force posture. This has involved developing brand new military doctrine, organizational concepts, and technology. The US military are also transforming, and American military ideas about network-centric and effects-based warfare have influenced the British military. But the British have not simply aped their US ally. Rather, British military transformation has followed a different path. Hence, this article proposes a dynamic model of military innovation involving two international drivers: new operational challenges and military emulation; and three national shapers: resource constraints, domestic politics and military culture. This model is then applied to a detailed empirical analysis of the process and progress of British military transformation.

Publication Date


  • 2008

Citation


  • Farrell, T. 2008, 'The dynamics of British military transformation', International Affairs: promoting dialogue between academics and policy-makers, vol. 84, no. 4, pp. 777-807.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-47949131980

Number Of Pages


  • 30

Start Page


  • 777

End Page


  • 807

Volume


  • 84

Issue


  • 4

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom