Accession Number:

ADA289142

Title:

Without Coup D'oeil, but with Responsibility: Determining Tactical Centers of Gravity and Decisive Points.

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MIL ITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1993-12-17

Pagination or Media Count:

67.0

Abstract:

In 1986, the US Army introduced Carl von Clausewitzs concept of center of gravity in Field Manual 100-5-Operations FM 100-5Operations, and defined it as the hub of all power and movement upon which everything depends. The manual explicitly stated that the concept was applicable at all levels of war. The 1993 revision of FM 100-5- Operations kept the concept of center of gravity however, it suggested that it was not applicable at the tactical level of war. This study examines the relevance of Clausewitzs concept of center of gravity and Antoine Henri Jominis concept of Decisive Point at the tactical level of war according to FM 100-5-Operations, the two concepts are inextricably linked. It determines that the center of gravity is that source of power most critical to mission accomplishment. Decisive points grant a commander an opportunity to indirectly attack a center of gravity thus, they provide a marked advantage. Both concepts are valid at the tactical level of war.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Humanities and History
  • Economics and Cost Analysis

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE