The Power of Will in International Conflict: How to Think Critically in Complex Environments, 1st Edition

  • Wayne Michael Hall
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  • ISBN-10: 1440866139
  • ISBN-13: 9781440866135
  • DDC: 303.6
  • 456 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2018 | Published/Released March 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2018

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Will has been-and always will be-the basis for succeeding in any conflict or competition. To win in a conflict or competition, decision-makers must comprehend the meaning and implications of will and successfully transform theories about it into practice. In the 21st century, it is especially important for military leaders and security professionals to comprehend will in sufficient depth to enable them to impose their will on other resisting entities and learn how to block or parry their adversaries' efforts to impose their will on them. This book will go a long way in helping decision-makers achieve these goals. Each chapter in this book addresses one of 14 elements that will help readers to use will successfully over their adversaries: life-force, purpose, strength of motive, capabilities, determination, perseverance, sacrifice, passion, advantage, disadvantage, imposition, action, assessment, and adaptation. The book also provides readers with 18 considerations that will serve them well in all types of conflicts. This book will be particularly beneficial to decision-makers in the military, law enforcement, and business, as well as attorneys and judges.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Figures and Tables.
1: Introduction.
2: Theoretical Foundations.
3: Life Force as the Underlying Motivation.
4: Understanding the Operational Context.
5: Purpose, Capabilities, and Strength of Motive.
6: Perseverance and Determination.
7: Passion and Sacrifice.
8: Value of Goals and Objectives.
9: Constraints, Pressure Points, Decisive Points, and Centers of Gravity.
10: That Which Truly Matters.
11: The Influences of Alternatives and Pressures on Will.
12: Balancing Advantages, Disadvantages, and the Marvelous Trinity.
13: Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS) and Will.
14: The Thinking Adversary.
15: How to Think Critically about Will.
16: Conclusion: A State of Continuity.
About the Author.