Accession Number:

ADA463205

Title:

Center of Gravity in Iraq: Is it the People?

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2006-10-23

Pagination or Media Count:

23.0

Abstract:

The war in Iraq has prompted many military leaders and policy makers to label the people as the center of gravity in Iraq. Using definitions and analytical tools from Joint Publication 5-0 and Naval Warfare Planning Document 5-01, this paper analyzes the center of gravity of the Sunni insurgency in relation to the US-led Coalition. This paper focuses on center of gravity and corresponding critical factors, capabilities, and requirements and explores possible critical vulnerabilities of the two sides. This paper also broadly explores the nature of the Sunni insurgency and offers recommendations for neutralizing the insurgency.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE