The Sword Arm : Military Forces in the Twenty-First Century

Military forces have long been the arbiters of national security and continues to be at the vanguard of assuring the sovereignty and stability of a nation. This is an enduring fact. However, in the past few decades, the role of the military forces have undergone an evolutionary change and now spans a much broader spectrum of activities than ever before. Accordingly, the responsibilities placed on the military forces, especially in democratic nations, have also undergone an upward revision. These changes have altered the status and stature of military forces.
This book analyses the changing position of military forces and their relationship with other elements of national power vis-à-vis the need to ensure national security. The analysis is carried out in great detail—starting with a discussion of national policy, grand strategy and their connection to the military forces and ending with a discussion of the status of military forces in the national security calculus. It is arranged into five independent sections that contain twenty chapters.
The Sword Arm examines the hypothesis that irrespective of the broad definition of national security that is prevalent in modern times and the whole-of-government approach that most democracies have adopted to ensure the security and safety of the nation, military forces continue to be at the vanguard of national security initiatives. On the other hand, democratic nations have a proclivity to sideline the military forces in times of relative peace, which could be detrimental to the overall security of the nation. The book critically investigates this dichotomy and suggests that in 21st century democracies, military forces need to be strengthened to ensure the security of the nation.

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  • Pages: 490
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Dr Sanu Kainikara is an ex-fighter pilot of the Indian Air Force and currently a practising Military Strategist residing in Canberra, Australia. He holds a Master of Science degree in Defence and Strategic Studies from the University of Madras, and his PhD in International Politics was awarded by the University of Adelaide in Australia. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of New South Wales and the inaugural Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Regional Security.  

Dr Kainikara is the author of 11 books on national security and strategy, military forces and air power. He is a keen student of Indian history and is in the process of writing the history of India in a series of books titled From Indus to Independence: A Trek through Indian History. The first three volumes of the series have already been published and the fourth is nearing completion. He has also published a collection of political essays titled The Asian Crucible. He is a regular contributor to the Eurasia Review. 

Sanu is the author of numerous papers on international politics, national security issues, and security strategy that have been published in reputed international journals; and has presented papers, on invitation, in a number of International Conferences around the world.

Author’s Preface

Section - I
National Security, Policy and Grand Strategy Shifting With the Sands of Time 
Chapter 1 The Rise of Nation States
Chapter 2 National Security
Chapter 3 Security, Policy and Strategy

Section - II
The Evolving Geo-Political Environment International Strategic Trends
Chapter 4 The Ever Changing World
Chapter 5 Global Strategic Environment 
Chapter 6 Challenges to Geo-Political Stability 
Chapter 7 Emergence of New Global Players

Section - III
The Future of Conflict Contextualising War
Chapter 8 Analysing War
Chapter 9 Factors affecting the Conduct of War 
Chapter 10 Emerging Trends in the Conduct of War
Chapter 11 Irregular Warfare: The Asymmetric Core
Chapter 12 Challenges of a New Era

Section - IV
Military Forces: An Element of National Power The Strategic Interface
Chapter 13 The Power of Military Forces
Chapter 14 Future Conflict Trends: Impact on Military Forces 

Section - V
The Sword Arm Military Forces In The 21st Century
Chapter 15 The Evolution and Mitigation of Threat
Chapter 16 The Dynamics of Resources
Chapter 17 Military Forces and Security Strategies 
Chapter 18 Military Forces in the 21st Century 
Chapter 19 The Military Force as an Instrument of Policy 
Chapter 20 Strengthening Military Forces in a Democracy