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Theory of War
THE LONG WAR OF THE 21ST CENTURY  

Eliot Cohen is the distinguished professor at Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies. He argues that we are in World War IV.The Cold War was World War III.I think Eliots formulation fits the circumstances much better than describing this as a war on terrorism. Let me say a few words about who our enemy is in World War IV, Why they are at war with us, why we are now at war with them and how we have to think abouot fighting in both at home and abroad. Who is the enemy. There are ...Read more >

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SCHOOL OF ADVANCED AIRPOWER STUDIES AIR UNIVERSITY MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, ALABAMA  

This study examines the links between science, philosophy and military theory.The authour presents two cses studies to demonstrate the links between these disciplines. After presenting an overview on the rise of Newtonian science, he examines how the key frameworks and concepts of that science became interwoven into western civilization to affect its philosophy with an emphasis on its interpretation by the German Romanticist philosopher, Immanual Kant. He then shows how Newtonian science and ...Read more >

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SEVEN REVOLUTION  

We should expect continued remarkable increases in rpocessing speeds, especially as advances in molecular and quantum computing find practical applications, In addition to achieving new speeds, computers will become ubiquitous throughout our workplaces and our homes on our bodies and even in our ...Read more >

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THE GROWING IMPERATIVE TO ADOPT FLEXIBILITY AS AN AMERICAN PRINCIPLE OF WAR  

The term “principles of war” did not always connote the idea of a list of rules intended to facilitate the conduct of war. In fact, two distinct definitions of the term have been widely used. First, the principles of war represented a commonly accepted philosophy concerning the myriad activities that collectively compose the conduct of war. In the present century, however, the idea that the principles of war are an enumerated list of considerations, few in number, capable of being simply ...Read more >

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MANIPULATING THE OODA LOOP : THE OVERLOOKED ROLE OF INFORMATION RESOURCE MANAGEMENT IN INFORMATION WARFARE  

A ground–swell of interest in information as a weapon of warfare is growing within the U.S. armed services. Military strategists are looking at information as a tool to leverage our forces and make them irresistible in battle. Yet, there is little agreement as to what information warfare (IW) is, let alone how it is best fought. This fundamental disagreement is serving as an impediment to unified actions as the Air Force seeks its role in this arena. In particular, information resource ...Read more >

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MILITARY AIR POWER : THE CADRE DIGEST OF AIR POWER OPINIONS AND THOUGHTS  

Many commanding generals spend their time on the day of battle in making their troops march in a straight line, in seeing that they keep their proper distances, in answering questions which their aides de camp come to ask, in sending them hither and thither and in running about themselves. In short, they try to do everything and, as a result, do nothing. How does this happen. It is because very few men occupy themselves with the higher problems of war. They pass their lives drilling troops and ...Read more >

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A CLASH OF MILITARY CULTURES : GERMAN AND FRENCH APPROACHES TO TECHNOLOGY  

The First World War was a period of extraordinarily rapid technological development. Military technology had changed dramatically in the decades before World War I, but even the most perceptive pre-war military thinkers of 1914 were unable to predict the pace of wartime technical development. The militaries of World War I had to adapt to the emergence of the airplane, motor vehicle, tank and poison gas as major new weapons. Commanders, general staffs and war departments had to try to master ...Read more >

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SWIFTLY DEFEAT THE EFFORTS : THEN WHAT THE NEW AMERICAN WAY OF WAR AND  

Since the end of the first Gulf War the United States has fought in three decisive operations: Operation Allied Force in Kosovo, Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq. The principles of Rapid Decisive Operations influenced the pattern and conduct of operations in all three conflicts. This has been termed the New American Way of War.The last three combat operations since the first gulf war ratifies the ideas postulated in the concept of Rapid Decisive ...Read more >

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THE RISE OF THE SHADOW WARRIORS  

The recent war in Iraq was, among other things, a powerful advertisement for the eªectiveness of the United States’ storied special operations forces. Americans are just now learning what role these commandos played in the conflict, but already it has emerged that, during the early days of the fighting, they managed to secure crucial airfields in western Iraq, protect the country’s oil fields from saboteurs (fewer than 10 Iraqi oil fields were ignited, compared to the more than 700 ...Read more >

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OBSERVING AL QAEDA THROUGH THE LENS OF COMPLEXITY THEORY : RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE NATIONAL STRATEGY TO DEFEAT TERRORISM  

The defeat of al Qaeda and the global network of Islamic terrorist organizations often appear no more certain today than it did two years ago. Since 9/11 the world has witnessed terrorist attacks against US interests and its allies in seven different countries. Al Qaeda may have lost Afghanistan as a safe haven, but it has gained a new front by conducting operations against US and coalition forces in Iraq. Despite US military successes, al Qaeda retains a demonstrated ability to recruit and ...Read more >

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THE COMMAND OF THE AIR  

The form of any war and it is the form which is of primary interest to men of war depends upon the technical means of war availale. It is well known, for instance, that the introduction fo firearms was a powerful influence in changing the forms of war in the past. Yet firearms were only a gradual development, an improvement upon ancient engines of war such as the bow and arrow, the ballista,the catapult, et cetera utilizing the elasticity of solid materials.In our own lifetime we have seen how ...Read more >

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TOWARD AN AMERICAN WAY OF WAR  

A growing amount of defense literature refers to a so-called new style of American warfare that emphasizes precision fi repower, special forces, psychological operations and jointness, rather than overwhelming force. The characteristics bear a conspicuous resemblance to the qualities of speed, jointness, knowledge and precision that underpin the model of the new American way of war currently championed by the Offi ce of Force Transformation (OFT) and the Offi ce of the Secretary of Defense ...Read more >

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AMERICAN WARFARE IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY  

Developing military doctrine and military language has been an evolving art since ancient times.1 New concepts, buzzwords and acronyms, are always being invented, but the average shelf life for a term is just short of a year. Occasionally the terms last longer (particularly when they become popular in military sociological and or military political science circles). The term revolution in military affairs (RMA) is one such term. It conjured up and came to imply an imminent change in the ...Read more >

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MIKHAIL NIKOLAYEVICH TUKHACHEVSKY (1893–1937) : PRACTITIONER AND THEORIST OF WAR  

Few people today, excepting perhaps students of military and Soviet history, know much about the Soviet military officer Mikhail (Misha) Nikolayevich Tukhachevsky. Even those who have studied and written about his life find him difficult to characterize. Author Shimon Naveh asserts that some of Tukhachevsky’s colleagues considered him a charming intellectual, a sensitive and artistic human being who possesses a penetrating and creative mind and an admirer of Western Civilization. But Naveh ...Read more >

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