The Art of War in Transition?
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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Transition points occur in many activities they are pivotal junctions in the determination of the future course of events. Identification of such points is crucial if a commander is to make effective and efficient use of the military resources that his nation makes available to him. In particular, during armed conflict, the identification of victor or loser can be as simple as determining which force failed to identify and adjust to the changing characteristics of war. The purpose of this monograph is to examine transition through a filter of six factors and determine whether or not we are presently undergoing a change in the nature of war. Specifically, the research question of this monograph is as follows Do recent developments in technology, intelligence gathering capability weapons systems, command and control architecture, the military aspects of space and time, and the relationship among the elements of the Clausewitzian trinity suggest that the military strategy of the classic decisive battle is returning To answer this question I use these six factors to examine three historical examples Napoleons battle at Austerlitz, Grants 1865 campaign, and the Gulf War.
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