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John M. Collins

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Colonel John M. Collins, USA (ret.) is a “distinguished visiting research fellow at the National Defense University. Collins culminated his military career as the director of military strategy studies and then as chief of the Strategic Research Group at the National War College. He was subsequently the senior specialist in national defense at the Congressional Research Service for twenty-four years.”  Moreover, John M. Collins, “enlisted in the Army as a private in 1942 and retired with the rank of colonel in 1972. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas City and holds a master's degree from Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts. He is also a graduate of the Army Command General Staff College, the Armed Forces Staff College, the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and the National War College. He was chief of the Campaign Planning Group, Vietnam, in 1967-68.”

 

Colonel John M. Collins is the author of Military Strategy: Principles, Practices, and Historical Perspectives; Military Geography: For Professionals and the Public; Green Berets, Seals and Spetsnaz: U.S. and Soviet Special Military Operations; Grand Strategy; Military Space Forces: The Next 50 Years; America's Small Wars: Lessons for the Future; U.S.-Soviet Military Balance 1980-1985; and, Special Operations Forces: An Assessment.

 

The MOAA said of Military Strategy: Principles, Practices, and Historical Perspectives, “Collins' book provides an overview of the principles, theories, policies, and other fundamentals of modern warfare and their applications in the 21st century. "On the surface, the events of Sept. 11 and the following months would appear to have changed the relevancy of Military Strategy," Collins says. However, Collins' "structured approach to national security problem-solving helps readers sift mountains of raw information rapidly and form their own opinions concerning elemental issues and options." Collins illuminates practices that worked well or poorly in the past, together with reasons why. Included is a discussion of national security interests, strategic building blocks, military strategies across the conflict spectrum, methods for developing talent and strategic acumen, and recent case studies that put principles into practice. Also included is a glossary of key military terms.”

 

According to one reader of Military Geography: For Professionals and the Public, “If you are a serious reader of military history, a serving military professional, or a specialist in international security and defense issues, this book is worth your time. As an introductory text, it covers many topics that are crucial to military planning but often receive only brief mention in histories or briefings. Collins, a former Army officer, stresses land geography, but does not stint oceans, the atmosphere or interplanetary space. His discussions of urban areas are too brief, given the increasing amount of large-scale violence in cities since the end of World War II. More maps would also be an improvement. Nonetheless, highly recommended.”


Military Strategy: Principles, Practices, and Historical Perspectives
John M. Collins  More Info

Military Geography: For Professionals and the Public (Association of the United States Army)
John M. Collins  More Info

Special Operations Forces: An Assessment
John M. Collins  More Info
Green Berets, Seals and Spetsnaz: U.S. and Soviet Special Military Operations
John M. Collins  More Info
Military Space Forces: The Next 50 Years (Future Warfare Series Vol 4)
John M. Collins  More Info
Grand Strategy; Principles and Practices
John M. Collins  More Info
America's Small Wars: Lessons for the Future
John M. Collins  More Info
U.S.-Soviet Military Balance 1980-1985
John M. Collins  More Info

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