Accession Number:

ADA518426

Title:

Sun Tzu: Theorist for the Twenty-First Century

Descriptive Note:

Research paper

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2010-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

29.0

Abstract:

What strategic theory and theorist should the United States military adopt to conduct war in the 21st century Theories of war provide insight into problem solving regarding war and the use of military force. Right now senior leaders are discussing this question in the hallways of the White House and Pentagon. In an environment in which the United States dominates the world stage, theorists argue that future wars involving our great military powers will be unbalanced or asymmetrical. If current and future adversaries are predicted to perform unconventional and asymmetric warfare, the United States must reexamine its current warfare theory. This Strategic Research Project proposes that Sun Tzus theory of indirect warfare is the most relevant to 21st century warfare. To successfully counter current national security threats, 21st century military strategists should rely on Sun Tzu as their primary theorist. His writings are as pertinent today as they were thousands of years ago.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE