View Poll Results: The #1 war determining factor is:

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  • Understanding the culture and the people of the enemy

    52 57.14%
  • Wealth to fund the war

    12 13.19%
  • Military strategy

    14 15.38%
  • Other

    13 14.29%
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Thread: Single most important factor in determining the outcome of a war.

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    Re: Single most important factor in determining the outcome of a war.

    Quote Originally Posted by vasuderatorrent View Post
    All the money in the world, all the linguistic training training and all the military genius in the world won't defeat Russia or North Korea in the winter months.

    For the most part I think eaglestar is right. It's probably the wealth to fund the war. You can always buy military genius or cultural training. Not all climates are lethal.
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    The wealth is the single most important factor. With enough money, a country can build strong military forces and keep them fighting effectively. Without enough financial support, the army may soon fall apart in front of feeble enemies.
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    Re: Single most important factor in determining the outcome of a war.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    i think guerrilla wars prove that wrong.
    Guerrilla wars are not commonplace, compared to the major wars. You cannot dismiss an argument just by rare cases. More often than not, inflicting more damages in less time is overwhelmingly destructive.
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    Re: Single most important factor in determining the outcome of a war.

    The ability to counter the enemy. Soviets couldn't do **** to the Mujahideen in Afghanistan once they got US support. US kicked the North Vietnamese army's arse, but never broke the Viet Cong. Macedonia swept through Asia because of long spears and a tight phalanx. Genghis Khan rode past the big walls and threw the plague at people. The British had a big-arse navy. The Finns invented a cocktail.

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    Re: Single most important factor in determining the outcome of a war.

    Quote Originally Posted by iguanaman View Post
    That sounds like the metric we used to fool ourselves into believing we were winning the Vietnam War. It doesn't mean crap if the enemy has nothing but TIME.
    No army has an infinite amount of time.
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    Re: Single most important factor in determining the outcome of a war.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    Ok. What about that "damage"? Damage to the ruling state? Damage to their economy?
    Damage to their will and ability to wage war.
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    Re: Single most important factor in determining the outcome of a war.

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    "Inflicting more damage, in less time than the enemy"
    Worked wonders in Korea and Vietnam...
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    Re: Single most important factor in determining the outcome of a war.

    Quote Originally Posted by eaglestar View Post
    So discussing with a friend of mine, the argument came up:

    According to him:
    - The single most important factor in deciding the outcome of a war is understanding the people and culture of the opponent.

    According to me:
    - The single most important factor in deciding the outcome of a war is wealth to fund it.

    So, there will be occasions in history were one or the other mattered the most, but overall I still think money makes the final decision.


    My examples were Rome, England, the US. His focused on Indian kings (asia) and the soviet union.

    Tell me your thoughts and examples.
    Depends entirely and totally on what the goal of the war is. War for conquest of territory? Firepower and strategy. Counterinsurgency? So many factors it is scarey. Defensive war? Strategy and tactics.
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    Re: Single most important factor in determining the outcome of a war.

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    Worked wonders in Korea and Vietnam...
    Considering we defeated both enemies militarily, you're right.
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    Re: Single most important factor in determining the outcome of a war.

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    Depends entirely and totally on what the goal of the war is. War for conquest of territory? Firepower and strategy. Counterinsurgency? So many factors it is scarey. Defensive war? Strategy and tactics.
    No matter what the goal is, the objective is the same.
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    Re: Single most important factor in determining the outcome of a war.

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    Considering we defeated both enemies militarily, you're right.
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