Accession Number:

ADA463919

Title:

Leadership and the Principles of War

Descriptive Note:

Research paper

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2005-05-16

Pagination or Media Count:

24.0

Abstract:

Leadership has always been the foundation of military discipline, decision-making, and victory. This paper ties together leadership and the principles of war through mental models and their applications to revolutions in military affairs, specifically network centric warfare. In doing so this paper explores, via academic thought and real-world examples, some the pitfalls of wrongful applications of mental models as they apply to the principles of war. In light of the dynamic changes network centric warfare proposes to bring to the battlefield, this paper also offers a balanced and sensible approach to operational and strategic leaders alike in the examination and restructuring of our enduring bedrock of military doctrine. Two principles of war, mass and unity of command, are scrutinized under the above criteria, and the concept of will is introduced as an integral part of leadership and argued to be included in future principles of war.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Information Science
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE