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A Swift, Elusive Sword, Second Edition

This study of national security and military strategy by Col. (Ret.) Chester Richards (USAF), suggests that ancient strategic wisdom may help solve the dilemma confronting the U.S. military: spending on defense exceeds that of any combination of potential adversaries, but the services still face cancellation of weapon systems and lack of funds for training, spares, and care and feeding of the troops. Richards suggests U.S. military leaders can break out of the "dollars equal defense" mindset, and create more effective forces.

A Swift, Elusive Sword

2nd Edition, 2003
Author: Col. (Ret.) Chester W. Richards, USAF

Photograph of Col. Chet Richards (U.S.A.F., ret.)

By: Col. Chet Richards (U.S. Air force, ret.)

Chet Richards, Colonel, USAF (Ret.), is the author of Certain to Win: The Strategy of John Boyd Applied to Business, A Swift, Elusive Sword, and If We Can Keep It. He is associated with the Atlanta public relations firm, J. Addams & Partners.

The goal of the Straus Military Reform Project is to secure far more effective military forces and much more ethical and professional military and civilian leadership at significantly lower budget levels.

We would like to thank Philip A. Straus Jr. and family for their generous support.

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