Accession Number:

AD1083441

Title:

To Safeguard a Nation: Examining the Shifting Nature of the 1948 Arab-Israeli War and its Effects on the Application of Operational Art

Descriptive Note:

Technical Report,25 Jun 2018,23 May 2019

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS FORT LEAVENWORTH United States

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2019-05-23

Pagination or Media Count:

57.0

Abstract:

This project in the research field of military and operational studies explores the impact of the nature of a conflict on the use of operational art by examining the events of the 1948 Arab-Israeli war. The analysis concludes that as the nature of the conflict changes, the emphasis of operations changes which causes a change in the application of operational art. This project agrees with doctrine that changes in the nature and objectives of war require a reframing of the elements of operational art utilized by planners. However, it goes beyond current doctrine to conclude that some elements of operational art require added thought while some are deemphasized and even ignored when the nature of conflict is equivalent to the phases found in the 1948 Arab-Israeli war. This monograph consulted several primary and secondary sources covering the conflict to establish the context and chronology of the 1948 Arab-Israeli war. The collection of sources fell into three broad categories of operational art, biographies, and histories of Israel and the war. A study of the 1948 Arab-Israeli war provides a unique opportunity to explore which elements of operational art the artist emphasizes during the three distinct phases. This project provides an overview of the problem, examines three case studies, compares the three case studies, then derives conclusions applicable to the US Army and future operational planners.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Humanities and History

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE