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Mass Effect/AEC:Asari Military Doctrine (3)


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Excerpt from Modern Galactic War by Paul Malthus, 3rd Edition , Made available for Extranet Scholastic Use by  The Institute of War and Diplomacy, Vancouver Metroplex, North American Union, Earth, 2190 (1st Edition published by Banabar Books in 2184).

 Strategic Weaknesses

The Asari military suffers from twin weaknesses linked to their emphasis of political/economic warfare. Both come into play when they meet an enemy that is not deterred by attrition or loss of political prestige. Time and time again the asari failed to deter or stop such enemies as the rachni, the krogan or the reapers. The first two races could produce more units at all levels at much faster rates than they lost them. Thus they were invulnerable to the threat of a Pyrrhic victory. These threats were defeated by the deployment of massive military forces that brought these species to the brink of extinction something that the asari lack of conventional all-arms formations could not do. In the case of the reapers, their absolute power and ability to turn their enemies resources against them made them immune to the asari’s hit-and-run tactics.

The second weakness comes from the emphasis in training and maintaining expensive elite prestige units. The cost and political prestige invested in each ship or commando unit means that commanders loath to risk them in battle. The typical service span for a cruiser from a Citadel race averages between 15 to 25 years. The average asari cruiser may stay in service up to 70 years standard. It is cheaper to keep the unit in service through continuing upgrades than to build a replacement. At the end of it service lifespan the only thing that remains is the hull, the interior having been completely  replaced by new technology.  A similar situation occurs with asari huntresses. It takes decades of intensive training to produce an elite asari commando.  The losses can not be replaced at a rate that matches the tempo of modern conflicts.

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