Some Human Dimensions of Continuous Land Combat: 2000 A.D.,
WALTER REED ARMY INST OF RESEARCH WASHINGTON DC
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The dimensions and problems of the battlefield are peculiarly difficult to predict. They are the product of the intersection of a series of competing forces that serve to mold and shape that final period of conflict and truth when men resort to arms and meet in battle. These forces are disparate, ranging from technology, training, doctrine and logistics systems to concepts of individuality, patterns of social organization, individual and group perceptions and cohesion, values and ideologies, skills and commitment. What we can do is draw certain basic lessons from the evolution of warfare, and in particular of modern war, during the past century and a half to define both the enduring factors and patterns of change that will bear upon the human aspects of land warfare twenty years from now. Our concerns must be with factors such as time, space, complexity, intensity, cohesiveness and endurance as they apply to individuals and to groups in the context of conventional land warfare.