Accession Number:

ADA525454

Title:

War Termination and Joint Planning

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC INST FOR NATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES

Report Date:

1995-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

8.0

Abstract:

The lack of clear guidance on war termination criteria is confirmed by recent operations in the Persian Gulf and Somalia as well as through an examination of joint doctrine. Concern over this issue-from Clausewitz to a range of other prominent theorists of war-speaks to its historical as well as contemporary relevance. While no one can predict how a conflict will end, Clausewitz knew the effect that chance has on conflict, but asserted that the primary characteristic of war was its nature as a political tool and not chance itself.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE