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By Christopher Elliott

From 2001, Britain supported the us in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. "Victory" in such conflicts is usually not easy to gauge and family political backing for them was once by no means powerful. For this, the governments of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown have been held in charge, and paid the fee, however the function performed through the excessive Command within the Ministry of Defence additionally bears exam. Critics have famous that the armed companies have been riven by means of inner contention and their management was once dysfunctional, however the fact is extra complicated.

In his publication, common Elliott explores the situations that ended in those wars and the way the Ministry of Defence coped with the demanding situations awarded. He finds how the carrier Chiefs have been set at odds by means of the method, virtually as competitors within the making, with accountability diffuse and authority ambiguous. The MoD targeting making issues paintings, instead of wondering even if what they have been being requested to do used to be potential. frequently the opinion of a junior tactical commander led the complete technique of the MoD, no longer the opposite direction round, because it must have been. whereas Britain's senior officials, security ministers and civil servants have been undeniably powerfuble and good intentioned, the conundrum continues to be why good fortune at the battlefield proved so elusive.

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