Losing Military Supremacy By Andrei Martyanov
Book/Novel Author: Andrei Martyanov
Book/Novel Title: Losing Military Supremacy
Summary & Review
“Marytanov explains why and how the US armed forces have lostthe military supremacy they thought they once had and how Russia,which supposedly had been defeated in the Cold War, succeedednot only in catching up with USA, but actually surpassing it in manykey domains such as long range cruise missiles, diesel-electricsubmarines, air defenses, electronic warfare, air superiority andmany others. Andrei Martyanov’s book is an absolute ‘must read’for any person wanting to understand the reality of modern warfareand super-power competition.”THE SAKER While exceptionalism is not unique toAmerica, the intensity of their conviction and its globalramifications are. This view of its exceptionalism has led the US togrossly misinterpret—sometimes deliberately—the causativefactors of key events of the past two centuries. Accordingly, thewrong conclusions have been derived, and very wrong lessonslearned. Nowhere has this been more manifest than in Americanmilitary thought and its actual application of military power.Time after time the American military has failed to match loftydeclarations about its superiority, producing instead a mediocrerecord of military accomplishments. Starting from the Korean Warthe United States hasn’t won a single war against a technologicallyinferior, but mentally tough enemy.The technological dimension of American “strategy” hascompletely overshadowed any concern with the social, cultural,operational and even tactical requirements of military (andpolitical) conflict.With a new Cold War with Russia emerging, theUnited States enters a new period of geopolitical turbulencecompletely unprepared in any meaningful way—intellectually,economically, militarily or culturally—to face a reality which washidden for the last 70+ years behind the curtain of never-endingChalabi moments and a strategic delusion concerning Russia,whose history the US viewed through a Solzhenitsified caricaturekept alive by a powerful neocon lobby, which even todaydominates US policy makers’ minds.Martyanov’s former Soviet military background enables deepinsight into the fundamental issues of warfare and military poweras a function of national power—assessed correctly, not throughthe lens of Wall Street “economic” indices and a FIRE economy,but through the numbers of enclosed technological cycles andculture, much of which has been shaped in Russia by continentalwarfare and which is practically absent in the US.