The Continuing Evolution of Iran's Military Doctrine

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Abstract:

Iran's military has tried to develop concepts for warfighting suitable for deterring the United States while dealing with a complex security environment and numerous constraints on its military power. The military's key task has been to align doctrine with service capabilities. This article examines the path of Iran's doctrinal developments and highlights the advantages and problems in Iran's approach and its seeming over-reliance on missile-based deterrence and the threat of unconventional and proxy war.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3751.59.4.12

Publication date: October 1, 2005

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