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Military Power Its Sources and Limits The Importance of Military Power Military power has been and continues to be important in world politics. Control of territory Military threats and promises Military power, force and punishment Credibility and military reputation Military power reduces to the ability to win wars by defeating the enemy in battle. The Sources of Military Power Military power arises from a state’s population and economy–its potential power–which can be mobilized by its government. Statistical measures can help us assess potential power. A government’s ability to mobilize and use military power varies with the situation. Limited war vs. total war States can mobilize their potential power in a variety of ways. The military a state chooses to build is a critical decision. The U.S. and the All-Volunteer Army Projecting military power at a distance is difficult; the loss-of-strength gradient. The U.S. in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, Afghanistan, and Iraq.
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course POLISCI 160 taught by Professor Morrow during the Winter '08 term at University of Michigan.

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