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Winter 2016


War has become a form of secular religion for many Americans in the modern era. Much of our deployment of military power during the last 50 years has rested on a set of absolute beliefs about the overall utility of war. In the process, policymakers and citizens alike maintain an enduring faith that the United States, via its military forces, has the power to transform societies abroad.


This article was originally published in Parameters: The US Army War College Quarterly, volume 46, issue 4, in 2016-2017.

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