Accession Number : ADA264026


Title :   The Remarkable Trinity: Another Dimension


Descriptive Note : Study rept.


Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA


Personal Author(s) : Chopin, Theodore G


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a264026.pdf


Report Date : 06 Apr 1993


Pagination or Media Count : 42


Abstract : Carl von Clausewitz's concept of The Remarkable Trinity asserts that support from the three elements of the people, the government, and the military (army) must be in balance for any nation to successfully prosecute war. The classic depiction of this concept is in the form of a two dimensional model - a triangle, with one of these three elements at each of its points. This depiction, however, does not provide a way to visualize either the balance Clausewitz calls for, or the power of the support being exerted within the model by each of the three elements. A more detailed model can provide a way to measure balance and total power. By constructing a three dimensional model and adding two new constructs of a 'mission ball' and a 'sphere of success' to Clausewitz's original idea, his concept can be more easily and completely visualized and, therefore, become more relevant. The theoretical application of the new trinity model to wars, from a historical perspective, helps provide a decision support mechanism relative to the conduct of future conflicts.


Descriptors :   *FOREIGN POLICY , *BALANCE OF POWER , WARFARE , NATIONS , MODELS , TWO DIMENSIONAL , TRIANGLES , SPHERES , THREE DIMENSIONAL , MISSIONS , CONFLICT , ARMY


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE