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The Future of War: A History
The Future of War: A History
By Lawrence Freedman
PublicAffairs, 2017, 400 pp.

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has been known to quip that Washington’s predictions about its future wars have been one hundred percent right, zero percent of the time. In early 1950, officials said that the United States would not fight in Korea. In 1964, U.S. President Lyndon Johnson promised that he would not send American troops to fight wars in Asia. Iraq was not on any American’s list of enemies in 1990; after all, the United States had assisted that country in its war against Iran just a decade before. And few people—not even Khalid Sheik

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  • STEPHEN PETER ROSEN is Beton Michael Kaneb Professor of National Security and Military Affairs at Harvard University.
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