Accession Number : ADA600617


Title :   Carl von Clausewitz's Concept of Military Genius and the Cognitive Illusions that Preclude Clear Thinking


Descriptive Note : Research paper


Corporate Author : MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA


Personal Author(s) : Nicholson, Mark D


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a600617.pdf


Report Date : 25 Mar 2013


Pagination or Media Count : 40


Abstract : This paper assesses the role of intuition in Carl von Clausewitz's description of military genius in On War. Specifically, it addresses the cognitive biases discovered and articulated by cognitive psychologists to determine how failures of human intuition preclude clear thinking and hinder military decision making. The purpose of this paper is to add some measure of clarity based on the research of scientists and psychologists to help inform readers of how decisions are made and the cognitive errors that prevent military decision-makers from making the best possible decision given the information available at the time.


Descriptors :   *DECISION MAKING , COGNITION , MILITARY ART , MILITARY COMMANDERS , MILITARY STRATEGY , PSYCHOLOGY


Subject Categories : Psychology
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE