Have not seen any mention here and my search came back as null (but I am a mong at searching) but General Rupert Smith has written what I consider to be a first class book The Utility of Force is not a Wars what I won collection but is an analysis of how force is applied. It goes back into historical battles for examples. I quote the review at Amazon " Why do we try to use military force to solve our political problems? And why, when our forces win the military battles does this still fail to solve those problems? It is because the force lacks utility. From Iraq to the Balkans, and from Afghanistan to Chechneya, over the past fifteen years there has been a steady stream of military interventions that have not delivered on their promise for peace, or even political resolution. The Utility of Force explains this anomaly at the heart of our current international system. He has some firm opinions when he looks to the future - how it could be if Government would only listen. Edited one time by me to add the Times review which I forgot! Doh.