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FUNDAMENTALS OF GUERRILLA WARFARE  

The combat strength and expeditionary nature of the Marine Air Ground Task Force make it one of the most responsive elements of U.S. power projection abroad and the best military force suited for rapid insertion into a low-intensity conflict. In fact, many notable military and civilian authorities see this traditional role of the Corps developing into its primary mission as we approach the twenty-first century. As General A. M. Gray, the Corps' Commandant, commented in his October 1987 Marine ...Read more >

35 Pages
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WE WERE CAUGHT UNPREPARED : THE 2006 HEZBOLLAH ISRAELI WAR*  

On 12 July 2006, a well trained, highly motivated detachment of Hezbollah fighters crossed from southern Lebanon into northern Israel killing three Israeli soldiers and abducting two others. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert called the incursion “an act of war and proclaimed “Lebanon will suffer the consequences of its actions.Convinced they could force Hezbollah to disarm and withdraw from southern Lebanon by initiating an effects based air campaign, the Israeli Air Force (IAF) began pounding ...Read more >

105 Pages
1.40 MB
FIELD ARTILLERY IN MILITARY OPERATIONS OTHER THAN WAR : AN OVERVIEW OF THE US EXPERIENCE  

One of the principal developments in European military technology during the 13th and 14th centuries was the advent of artillery tubes that used gunpowder to launch their projectiles at enemy targets. Initially, these artillery pieces were extremely large, heavy, cumbersome, inaccurate and unreliable. Over the ensuing centuries, however, continuous technological breakthroughs resulted in smaller, lighter, more accurate field guns that could, using many refined techniques, fire a variety of ...Read more >

55 Pages
1.23 MB
BREAKING THE MOLD TANKS IN THE CITIES  

During World War I, the tank was developed as an infantry support weapon to exploit breaches made in enemy lines. Technological limitations in speed, range and mechanical reliability kept tank doctrine at the tactical level until the German offensives in 1939 to 40 showed that modern armored forces were a key element to the operational level of warfare. Yet, there was virtually no discussion of employing armor in the cities. Even famed military historian and early theorist of modern armored ...Read more >

146 Pages
5.87 MB
THE PHYSICAL SPHERE OF WAR  

IT is in the physical sphere of war that we find the most pronounced differences to peace, for war is preeminently a physical struggle for mastership in which the moral conventions of civilized nations are temporarily set in abeyance. So powerful is this final manifestation of force that even today it still obscures the purpose of war and, in the mind of the average soldier, replaces the political object by one of a purely military value.Destruction of the enemy physical strength is the canon ...Read more >

50 Pages
2.49 MB
THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE SCIENCE OF WAR  

THE history of war is a great romance, but as yet no true science of war has been written. For long the history of man and his perplexing ways were treated as a story, but in recent years the method of science has been applied to civil history and today many historical works exist on the social, commercial, religious and political evolution of nations. From these the student can discover, not only the sequence of past events, but their tendencies and, above all, the probable direction of these ...Read more >

339 Pages
18.21 MB
THE PRINCIPLES OF PRESSURE  

The first rule of practice is to do all things at the right time and in their proper place; to proportion the means to the ends and the ends to the means; above all, to know what is possible and to confine one endeavours within the limits of the feasible.The principle of direction works through that of distribution by means of concentration.The principle of determination works through that of endurance by means of surprise.And the principle of mobility works through that of security by ...Read more >

77 Pages
4.44 MB
THE LAW OF ECONOMY OF FORCE  

War is not an exact science and by this I do not mean that fundamentally exactness does not exist for it must exist in all sciences but that the human brain is too limited in its power to devise a complete science of war that exactness does not appear to be a possible attainment. Truth must be exact, for inexactness and truthfulness are contradictory terms. Science, which aims at discovering truth, must consequently aim at exactness, even if only an approximate exactness is attainable. We ...Read more >

66 Pages
3.51 MB
DECIDING WHAT HAS TO BE DONE : GEN WILLIAM E. DEPUY AND THE 1976 EDITION FO FM 100,5 OPERATIONS  

The Single most important origin of today Air Land Battle doctrine was the establishment of the US Army Training and Doctrine Command in 1973 and the writing of a wholly new Field Mannual operations, under the supervision of the first TRADOC commander, Gen William E DePuy. The writing of that manual, the first doctrinal statement of the post Vietnam years, is the topic of this Leavenworth Paper. Between 1973 and the manual publication in 1976, DePuy gave the Army a mighty above that, for ...Read more >

139 Pages
2.15 MB
OUT OF BOUNDS : TRANSNATIONAL SANCTUARY IN IRREGULAR WARFARE  

Pakistani officials have repeatedly asserted that their forces are fully capable of securing and protecting Pakistan’s borders.Indeed Pakistani forces have worked, sometimes alongside American intelligence, to kill and arrest hundreds of al Qaeda in Pakistan.In the meantime Coalition forces have periodically launched raids or air strikes along and sometimes over, the border in search of the terrorists and their leaders. The most prominent of the recent efforts came in January 2006, when a ...Read more >

122 Pages
465.83 KB
THE LAW OF WAR : CAN 20TH CENTURY STANDARDS APPLY TO THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM  

This study will demonstrate that the law of war was established by theologians, jurists, academicians, diplomats and others for use as a framework, a distinctly Western moral compass if you will, when applying military power. Not surprisingly, because the GWOT represents a cultural clash of global proportions, a difference of interpretation about acceptable conduct in war is emerging in both Western and Middle Eastern camps. The Western perspective proffers an approach to armed conflict that, ...Read more >

119 Pages
2.48 MB
THE ROOTS OF RESPONSIVE LOGISTICS : TRAILS AND TAILS IN VIETNAM  

The title of this presentation attempts to capture what I see as an interesting and timely need with some important implications for modern military logisticians as well as strategists and tacticians. While this lecture has been billed as the logistics of insurgencies my intent is to not only get to know the enemy in the Vietnam conflict but to also juxtapose their evolving practices against then concurrent developments and changes in American and allied practices. Through this analysis of each ...Read more >

450 Pages
6.03 MB
AN ARMY AT WAR : CHANGE IN THE MIDST OF CONFLIC***  

The third annual military history symposium sponsored by the US Army Training and Doctrine Command and hosted by the Combined Arms Center Combat Studies Institute was a successful gathering of some of the best thinkers on the subject of transforming armies during wartime. Scholars, Soldiers and students of military history and the military arts met at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, to analyze and discuss the symposium theme, An Army at War: Change in the Midst of Conflict.This theme was chosen ...Read more >

239 Pages
4.99 MB
CHINA LEADER OR LAGGARD ON THE PATH TO A SECURE,LOW CARBON ENERGY FUTURE  

There has been a great deal of talk about whether and how China will manage its need to provide enough evergy to ensure continued economic growth while avoiding the local and global environmental impacts of its evergy production and ...Read more >

54 Pages
1.06 MB
BATTLE-WISE SEEKING TIME INFORMATION SUPERIORITY IN NETWORKED WARFARE  

The authors approach this transition in great detail by making a strong case for building what they call ...Read more >

193 Pages
2.08 MB
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