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Strategic Drift and U.S. Army Operational Logic

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[Technical Report, Monograph]

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U.S. Army Command and General Staff College

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This monograph examines US Army operational thought to identify how it has been shaped by the Armys underlying culture. It suggests that the Army has not undergone a paradigm shift in its view of war since at least World War II. Instead of reconceptualizing and transforming, the Armys fundamental beliefs, values, and assumptions have remained consistent over time, simply with new expressions and manifestations. This monograph argues that many of the problems the US Army faces, whether in theory, practice, or doctrine, are the result of strategic drift - the tension between its underlying perspectives and the emerging realities of conflict. The monograph suggests that if the US Army is to remain relevant, it will require escaping its current paradigm of conflict, warfare, and war.


Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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[A, Approved For Public Release]