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Infanteer said:The problem with Dunnigan's data sets is that they are almost purely quantitative. Read Biddle's Military Power and you'll see an excellent argument that deflates the importance of Technology (systemic or dyadic) or Preponderance in IR theory.
You mean the importance of technology IN preponderance (IE the achievement thereof) in IR theory? Or that he deflates the very importance of preponderance as a primary motivation? I don't quite understand.
I thought Dunnigan took into account non-material factors but I could be wrong. He certainly has some interesting stuff in his sections on leadership and "why soldiers fight" but none of it seems revolutionary or anything. His simulation of the Gulf War was supposed to have been bang-on but that doesn't necessarily mean his predictive abilities are spectacular, given I've only ever heard of him successfully simulating one conflict.