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Theory of War
THE CENTER OF GRAVITY FAD : CONSEQUENCE OF THE ABSENCE OF AN OVERARCHING AMERICAN THEORY OF WAR  

We Americans love our fads. As children we all have at least some memories of various fads that have come and gone: hula hoops,skateboards, tie-dyed jeans, pet rocks. Yet, our predilection toward fads is not limited to our purchases at the toy store. As we grow older, fads take on greater sophistication, such as joining the office rush to buy the latest Pentium computer or drink the newest microbrew beer.Having attended several military schools in recent years, from Fort Leavenworth to Norfolk ...Read more >

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IRAQ : THE WRONG WAR WRONGLY FOUGHT  

US decision-making, accountability and depth of geopolitical understanding.Bush initiated the confl ict with great promise and conviction and expressed his objectives in terms of a noble crusade. The United States would, by force of arms,liberate Iraq from the dictator Saddam Hussein, eliminate Iraq’s stockpile of weapons of mass destruction, open a new front in the ‘War on Terror and establish a democratic beachhead in the Arab Middle East.The goals were far reaching, comprehensive,and aimed ...Read more >

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THE ROOTS OF MODERN AMERICAN OPERATIONAL ART  

The Napoleonic Wars changed the nature of warfare. The nation states of Europe summoned all their potential to field massive armies. The increasing industrialization of Europe helped to make this possible and in later years further changed the face of war by providing more lethal technology. Theorists such as Jomini and Clausewitz sought to explain this new nature of Warfare and mark out new doctrines and truths about war. The emerging professional armies of Europe took from the theorists that ...Read more >

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JOINT BATTLE MANAGEMENT COMMAND AND CONTROL ROADMAP STUDY  

Joint Battle Management Command and Control (JBMC2) the processes, architectures, systems, standards and command and control operational concepts employed by the Joint Force Commander optimizes the ability to manage the battlespace and inhibit the enemy ability to function. To achieve this, the joint warfighter must be armed with interoperable systems that support mission success and reduce ...Read more >

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FORGING THE SWORD : UNITMANNING IN THE US ARMY  

There is ample room for debate about such potential costs and tradeoffs, but these issues require considerably more public discussion than has been apparent thus far. This public discussion could be valuable, if only to maximize buy in to the stabilization plan, both in the Army community and in the larger defense policy-making arena.Once before, an assertive chief of staff Gen. Edward C. Shy Meyer made unit manning a top priority for the Army. But after Meyer retired in 1983, competing ...Read more >

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TRANSFORMING HOW WE FIGHT A CONCEPTUAL APPROACH  

Transformation has been defined correctly as a process rather than an end state.Still, nagging questions linger. What is the purpose of transformation Toward what goal is military transforming headed What do we want the future military to do What should it look like? How should it fight? The transformation, to be meaningful, must lead coherently from a present state toward an envisioned future condition. Transformation, therefore, is most precisely a strategy designed purposefully to achieve a ...Read more >

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THE REVOLUTION IN WAR  

A revolution in war has been underway since the late 1970s.1 Although its future path is yet to be determined, we are likely only in the early phase of this revolutionary change. Subsequent change could be even more discontinuous and profound, with potentially serious consequences for the currently dominant position of the United States.This monograph examines the fundamental changes in the conduct of warfare that have occurred over the past three decades and provides a framework for ...Read more >

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TRANSFORMING THE LEGIONS : THE ARMY AND THE FUTURE OF LAND WARFARE  

Today the United States Army (hereafter referred to as “the Army”) finds itself in a period of great transition, or transformation. This is remarkable, given that it is by all accounts the world’s premier land fighting force. Indeed, its level of superiority relative to any other army is so great that it evokes comparisons with Rome’s legions and Napoleon’s Old Guard. Nevertheless, the Army is convinced that it must undertake a transformation of its doctrine, forces and institutions to remain ...Read more >

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STRENGTH AND HONOR : THE QUEST FOR SUSTAINABLE SECURITY  

This paper is a futures piece and as such an exploration in heresy. This paper reconsiders what we have come to regard as the modern age of war and consider a new alternative future of war and peace. The specific analytical focus attempts to go beyond the popular contemporary descriptions of the paradox within the American way of war (the tendency to fail to win the peace in spite of unmatched prowess at winning the battles in our warfare) and even beyond the debates over whether or not we are ...Read more >

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THE REVOLUTION IN MILITARY AFFAIRS : FROM LANDSCAPE AND LINEAR DIMENSION TO SYSTEMS AND CENTERS OF GRAVITY  

Urbanization proceeds at such a pace that it is bypassing the development of defense doctrine, creating a gap that threatens to make current doctrine increasingly less relevant. In terms of geography,operational areas are getting bigger and becoming more concentrated and centrally controlled. In the realm of cultural development, the mass production of information, entertainment and goods threatens to effectively disconnect citizens from their local ...Read more >

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THE MILITARY-TECHNICAL REVOLUTION A PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENT  

Over the next several decades, the systems and operations characteristic of present-day military establishments will probably be superseded by new, far more capable means and methods of warfare. This military technical revolution" (MTR) is the subject of this assessment. It is not clear how quickly this change will come about, particularly since the level of competition that spurred military innovation during the Cold War appears unlikely to recur, at least in the near future. Nonetheless, our ...Read more >

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THE LOGIC OF WARFIGHTING EXPERIMENTS  

Increasingly, the United States and other NATO nations employ experimentation to assist in developing their future military capabilities. The United States Department of Defense (DOD) stresses the importance of experimentation as the process that will determine how best to optimize the effectiveness of its joint force to achieve its vision of the future. An experimentation strategy is the cornerstone of the U.S. transformation ...Read more >

225 Pages
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COMPLACENCY KILLS : THE NEED FOR IMPROVEMENT IN THE WAY THE MARINE CORPS PREPARES FOR FUTURE CONFLICT  

United States Marines will continue to face enormous challenges in responding to crises across a wide spectrum of conflits ranging from Humanitarian assistance to war. Although the Marine Corps trains successfully for war at the high end of the spectrum, it needs to improve on its preparations for military operations other than war (MOOTW). Many leaders fear that the nontraditional roles that these operations require marines to take will degrade their ability to perform their primary ...Read more >

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STRYKER BRIGADES VERSUS THE REALITY OF WAR  

The issue raised in this report is whether the US Army should be allowed to field the Stryker, a family of vehicles whose extensive deficiencies are comprehensively laid out in the following pages, but which, for technical,bureaucratic and political reasons, has managed to elude the Department of Defense’s Operational Test and Evaluation.In this document, we ask that this exercise in symbolism, instead of substance, be stopped.There are far, far, better and more cost effective ...Read more >

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