Accession Number : AD1039760


Title :   Rediscovering Interwar American Theorists


Descriptive Note : Technical Report,05 Jun 2016,25 May 2017


Corporate Author : US Army School for Advanced Military Studies Fort Leavenworth United States


Personal Author(s) : McKelvey,Russell IV E


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/1039760.pdf


Report Date : 25 May 2017


Pagination or Media Count : 58


Abstract : US Army officers in in the interwar period prepared themselves for victory, at least in part, by broadly studying European and American military theory and applying it as a lens to history. Despite this, there seems to be a common perception that Americans contributed little to military theory between world wars. This monograph argues that there was substantial development in American military theory during the interwar period, it covered strategic and operational theory, and it was influential in doctrine and practice. The small amount of literature on American military theory prior to 1945 is scattered, comprised of parts and pieces, and not taken very seriously. This paper addresses this gap by analyzing the theories of Brigadier General William K. Naylor and Colonel Oliver P. Robinson, examining their influences, and assessing their influence on doctrine and leaders of the Second World War. Additionally, this paper contains recommendations to improve the integration of military theory into officer education.


Descriptors :   second world war , military history , military operations , doctrine , cold war , military education , military strategy , international relations


Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE