Clausewitz's Continued Relevance and Foundation for Educating Critical Thinking Skills
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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Defining exactly what warfare will be like in the 21st Century is difficult at best. However, despite major changes in the conduct and instruments of war and the corresponding increased uncertainty of who will be the opposing actors, the primary nature of warfare remains unchanged. Likewise, many of the classical theories of war will not change, particularly those theories on war offered by Carl von Clausewitz. This paper examines the dynamic operational and strategic environment, assesses the arguments on the continued relevance of Carl von Clausewitzs theories of war, and proposes that the study of his theories provides a framework for thinking about future war and also an overall foundation for officer education in 21st Century Warfare.
- Humanities and History
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics