A Model to Study Modern War
MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA
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Since the 1920s, leaders have used the Principles of War as a framework to study and understand war. Following Operation Desert Storm, leaders were faced with nontraditional missions in Somalia, Liberia, and Bangladesh, among others. The Principles of Military Operations Other Than War MOOTW were developed to understand the new strategic challenges presented by nontraditional missions and operations. As warfare and conflict continue to evolve, the Principles of War and the Principles of MOOTW should be combined to better understand and study modern warfare. This essay will proceed in three parts. First, it will offer background to understanding the effects of modern challenges on the conduct of war. Second, it will present the Principles of Modern War Model. Finally, it will demonstrate the usefulness of the new model.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Unconventional Warfare