Book by Horowitz

Mike Horowitz, a Prof at Penn but more importantly the person who found the Murray card, has a new book coming out with obvious utility for this topic.

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce the release of my first book, The Diffusion of Military Power: Causes and Consequences for International Politics.  It is now available for purchase at, Barnes & Noble, and other places.  It is available in paperback, hardcover, and kindle editions.  Published by Princeton University Press, the book assesses the factors that drive the diffusion of new military innovations throughout the international system and the way these diffusion patterns shape international politics.  It covers historical cases such as battlefleet and carrier warfare, contemporary challenges such as nuclear weapons and suicide terrorism, and the way the information age may impact the future of warfare and American power.  As the press page states:

The Diffusion of Military Power
examines how the financial and organizational challenges of adopting new methods of fighting wars can influence the international balance of power. Michael Horowitz argues that a state or actor wishing to adopt a military innovation must possess both the financial resources to buy or build the technology and the internal organizational capacity to accommodate any necessary changes in recruiting, training, or operations. How countries react to new innovations–and to other actors that do or don’t adopt them–has profound implications for the global order and the likelihood of war.

Horowitz looks at some of the most important military innovations throughout history, including the advent of the all-big-gun steel battleship, the development of aircraft carriers and nuclear weapons, and the use of suicide terror by nonstate actors. He shows how expensive innovations can favor wealthier, more powerful countries, but also how those same states often stumble when facing organizationally complicated innovations. Innovations requiring major upheavals in doctrine and organization can disadvantage the wealthiest states due to their bureaucratic inflexibility and weight the balance of power toward smaller and more nimble actors, making conflict more likely. This book provides vital insights into military innovations and their impact on U.S. foreign policy, warfare, and the distribution of power in the international system.

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