R. C. Nairn's scientific contributions

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... Consequently, these studies generally imply that modern battlefield effectiveness requires a complex pattern of force employment, which Biddle (2004) terms the "modern system." In the range of possible types of conflict, many scholars argue that counterinsurgency is particularly complex (see, for example, Galula (1964); Jones (2017); Kilcullen (2010); Trinquier (1961)). In his classic treatise on insurgency, Mao describes the importance of adaptation as such: "Guerrilla commanders adjust their operations to the enemy situation, to the terrain, and to prevailing local conditions. ...