Military Strategy Magazine - Volume 8, Issue 1

Volume 8, Issue 1, Summer 2022 28 Practice Makes Perfect for Battlefield Coalitions Rosella Cappella Zielinski - Boston University Ryan Grauer - University of Pittsburgh About the authors Rosella Cappella Zielinski is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Boston University, a visiting fellow at the Clements Center for National Security at the University of Texas at Austin, and non-resident fellow at the Brute Krulak Center for Innovation and Creativity at Marine Corps University. Ryan Grauer is an Associate Professor of International Affairs in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh and a non-resident fellow at the Modern War Institute at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Successful strategies effectively use force, directly or indirectly, to secure and advance broader political objectives. While it is not always necessary to achieve military victory over the adversary to succeed strategically—for example, Henry Kissinger famously noted that the guerrilla wins as long as he does not lose—it is often required.[i] Recognizing the importance of military victory for attainment of strategic goals, belligerents often form “battlefield coalitions,” or groups of officers, troops, and materiel brought together by multiple distinct political communities for the purpose of To cite this article: Cappella Zielinski, Rosella and Grauer, Ryan, “Practice Makes Perfect for Battlefield Coalitions,” Military Strategy Magazine, Volume 8, Issue 1, summer 2022, pages 28-34. US Special Forces and Northern Alliance, November 2001, Public Domain