Concepts of Conflict: Towards a Military Theory of Conflict,
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT R I
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In this study, the author builds a foundation for a military theory of conflict through identification of basic concepts which provide an understanding of the nature and structure of conflict. His aim is to illuminate the major elements of these concepts and to identify the military implications of those broad areas of human conflict not covered by civilian thought and experience. The basic concepts which he presents are 1 The natural human origins of conflict 2 The origins of international conflict 3 The continuum of conflict and 4 The necessity for force and the use of power and force. A topical outline of a comprehensive theory of conflict is appended. In a second appendix he examines the military implications of David Halberstams book The Best and the Brightest. This analysis is undertaken to present, within the context of a single issue Vietnam, many of the concepts which are fundamental to military theory.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics