Always Strategic: Jointly Essential Landpower
ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA STRATEGIC STUDIES INSTITUTE
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American Landpower is a strategic instrument of state policy and needs to be considered as such. The purpose of this monograph is to explore and explain the nature of Landpower, both in general terms and also with particular regard to the American case. Five themes drive through this work. Specifically, it is argued that 1 Landpower is unique in the character of the quality it brings to the American joint team for national security 2 the United States has a permanent need for the human quality in Landpower that this element provides inherently 3 Landpower is always and indeed necessarily strategic in its meaning and implications it is a quintessentially strategic instrument of state policy and politics 4 strategic Landpower is unavoidably and beneficially joint in its functioning, and this simply is so much the contemporary character of American strategic Landpower that we should consider jointness integral to its permanent nature and, 5 notwithstanding the nuclear context since 1945, Landpower retained, indeed retains, most of the strategic utility it has possessed through all of history this is a prudent judgment resting empirically on the evidence of 70 years experience. In short, the strategic Landpower maintained today can safely be assumed to be necessary for security long into the future. No matter how familiar the concept of strategic Landpower is when identified and expressed thus, it is a physical and psychological reality that has persisted to strategic effect through all of the strategic history to which we have access.
- Government and Political Science
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics