Operational Art and the Continuum,
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MIL ITARY STUDIES
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This monograph examines the theoretical linkages between Clausewitzs trinity and the spectrum of conflict, the effect of change on the interpretation of each, and the resultant impact on the concept of operational art. It identifies the common misperception that the trinity is comprised of people, armed forces, and government. The Clausewitzian trinity is not composed of physical entities but, rather, of three theoretical constructs. These theoretical constructs may be manifested in the real world in a number of different ways. The misconception that one physical manifestation was the trinity has resulted in constraining the domain over which other theoretical constructs have been developed. This monograph shown how the Clausewitzian trinity and his notion of extremes provide theoretical foundation for a spectrum of conflict. The spectrum of conflict in the real world manifestation of the interplay among the various physical manifestations of the trinity. The spectrum also results from the various relationships among the elements of the trinity. Changes in the modern world have caused changes in the way these enduring theoretical constructs are being manifested in reality. many other political entities besides states are using force to achieve their goals. The military is being required, more and more, to apply non-force means to reach conflict resolution. These changes require a more general view of the role of military poser within the spectrum of conflict. Clausewitz, Trinity, Spectrum of Conflict, Conflict, Operational Continuum, Continuum of Operations, Operational Art.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics