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On the Psychology of Military Incompetence
on 8 January 2012
Dixon tells us that military organisations are inherently prone to inefficiency and mismanagement. This is due to the sheer obtuseness of some military officials, the inertia entailed by large numbers etc. He enlists some of the best known historical expamles of military failure from the recent past to prove his point. I am not sure I agree with his indictment, which appears one-sided. The book has become famous, something of a classic, and has contributed to a fixed view of the responsibility of the military for the tragic outcome of many conflicts in our time. I do not think the author is always right, but it is a provocative polemic that I have enjoyed engaging with.