Defense in Clausewitz's 'On War' and in FM (Field Manual) 100-5 and HDv 100/100.
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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This study examines the validity of Clausewitzs conclusions about the defense on the future battlefield. It discusses the correctness of the adoption of Clausewitzs ideas in the operational manuals of the American and German Army Field Manual 100-5, Operations Army Regulation 100100 HDv 100100, Command and Control in Battle and the application of NATOs doctrine in the light of On War. The study deals with the purpose and conduct of defensive operations and examines specific criteria, which make defense a stronger form of operation than offense. The study concludes that Clausewitz has great significance for the training and education of modern officers. Most of his ideas on defense are correctly recognized in the manuals. However, political and area restrictions in Central Europe do not support Clausewitzs considerations. Quotations of On War should be made with reservation because the criteria for some of Clausewitzs conclusions have changed. The impact of human and moral factors, which Clausewitz discusses in part of his writing, is found to be well reflected in FM 1005 and HDv 100100.
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