War by Numbers assesses the nature of conventional warfare through
the analysis of historical combat. Christopher A. Lawrence
establishes what we know about conventional combat and why we know
it. By demonstrating the impact a variety of factors have on combat
he moves such analysis beyond the work of Carl von Clausewitz and
into modern data and interpretation. Using vast data sets, Lawrence
examines force ratios, the human factor in case studies from World
War II and beyond, the combat value of superior situational
awareness, and the effects of dispersion, among other elements.
Lawrence challenges existing interpretations of conventional
warfare and shows how such combat should be conducted in the
future, simultaneously broadening our understanding of what it
means to fight wars by the numbers.