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JOHN F. GUILMARTIN, JR., LTC USAF (Ret), is an Associate Professor of History at Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, where he teaches military history, maritime history and early modern European history. He holds a B.S. in aerospace engineering from the USAF Academy and an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Princeton University. He served two tours in Southeast Asia in long range combat aircrew recovery helicopters during 1965-66 and 1975. He was Senior Secretary of the Navy Research Fellow at the U.S. Naval War College during 1986-87, and served as Leader of Task Force II, Weapons, Tactics and Training, for the Secretary of the Air Force/Gulf War Air Power Survey. He has published and spoken widely on pre-modern military and naval history and on the theory of war.
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Authored by Dr. John F. Guilmartin, Jr., Sir Michael Howard.
Their personal experience with warfare is expressed eloquently in the following pages as they make the point that war is, as Carl von Clausewitz defined it nearly 200 years ago, a distinctly human endeavor.