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The War Against ISIS: The Need for Operational Art in Proxy Conflicts

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[Technical Report, Monograph]

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US Army School for Advanced Military Studies

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This study views tactical and strategic thinking in the information age through the lens of modern proxy war in order to conclude that the tenets of operational art, and the nesting of minor military actions within a broader national strategic framework, is imperative in a proxy conflict. Importantly, this extends to the selection of surrogate military forces and the need to fully conceive the implications of a proxys success. The research proposes a new model for conceptualizing how minor military actions can have strategic impacts. These concepts are explored through a case study on the United States proxy war against the Islamic State.

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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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[A, Approved For Public Release]