Military Geography: For Professionals and the Public

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Potomac Books, Inc., 1998 - History - 461 pages
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This book covers many topics that are crucial to military planning but often receive only passing mention in histories or briefings. Collins, a former Army officer, stresses land geography, but he 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.
 

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Contents

FOREWORD
PREFACE
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
AUTHORS INTRODUCTION
1 OVERVIEW
PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY
2 SPATIAL RELATIONSHIPS
3 LAY OF THE LAND
12 MILITARY BASES
13 FORTRESSES AND FIELD FORTIFICATIONS
POUTICALMILITARYGEOGRAPHY
14 MILITARY SERVICE PREDILECTIONS
15 GEOPOLITICAL FRICTION
16 MILITARY AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY
AREA ANALYSES
17 FORMAT FOR AREA ANALYSIS

4 OCEANS AND SEASHORES
5 EARTHS ATMOSPHERE
6 REGIONAL PECULIARITIES
7 INNER AND OUTER SPACE
8 NATURAL RESOURCES AND RAW MATERIALS
CULTURAL GEOGRAPHY
9 POPULATIONS
10 URBANIZATION
11 LINES OF COMMUNICATION
18 OPERATION NEPTUNE
19 OPERATION PLAN EL PASO
20 FINAL REFLECTIONS
APPENDIX AACRONYMS AND ABBREVIATIONS
APPENDIX BGLOSSARY OF GEOGRAPHICAL TERMS
APPENDIX CA BASIC GEOGRAPHIC LIBRARY
INDEX
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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John M. Collins is a retired U.S. Army colonel and 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. Collins has written twelve books and numerous monographs, including "Strategy: Principles, Practices, and Historical Perspectives". He lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

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