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Busting the Icon. Restoring Balance to the Influence of Clausewitz

  title={Busting the Icon. Restoring Balance to the Influence of Clausewitz},
  author={Phillip S. Meilinger},
Abstract : Many US military thinkers and practitioners have embraced a view of war that is out of touch with current circumstances--and, consequently, dangerous. This has a direct effect on the present global war on terror that is focused largely on Islamic extremists. There are two main problems. First, US military leaders--especially in the ground forces--continue to view war as a climactic, and usually bloody, clash of arms. "Muddy boots and bloody bayonets" and "occupation of territory" are… 

Clausewitz and the “New Wars” Scholars

  • B. Schuurman
  • Political Science
    The US Army War College Quarterly: Parameters
  • 2010
Since the Second World War, western armed forces have been most successful against opponents whose weapons, methods of organization, and ways of thinking closely resembled their own. Conflicts such

An Alternative War: The Development, Impact, and Legality of Hybrid Warfare Conducted by the Nation State

The alleged use of “Hybrid Warfare” by the Russian Federation in the annexation of the Ukrainian territory, Crimea, in 2014, thrust the term into the media spotlight and raised concerns over the lack

Resurrecting the "Icon" The Enduring Relevance of Clausewitz's On War

Abstract : For students of strategy, Carl von Clausewitz has long been a polarizing figure. Notwithstanding their rather different interpretations of "On War," soldiers, statesmen, and scholars such

Institutional Memory and the US Air Force

Abstract : Although the vague term modern war leaves some question about the wars General Moseley was referring to, his 2007 white paper raises questions regarding airpower's impact and historical

Professional reading and the education of military leaders

Prominent military figures, both contemporary and historical have, through both personal example and their promotion of critical literacy initiatives, emphasised the role of professional reading in

The Strategic Assessment Model (Stratam) Studying and Preventing Strategic Failure

Abstract The purpose of this study is to introduce the Strategic Assessment Model (STRATAM), a model designed to assist in the prevention of strategic failure. STRATAM aids firstly in the assessment


One of Clausewitz’s most well- known contributions is the notion of friction, which refers to obstacles to the application of military power other than enemy action. While friction has been

Carl von Clausewitz' Theorie des Krieges

Die Kriegstheorie des preusischen Denkers und politisch-militarischen Praktikers Carl von Clausewitz (1780-1831) hat nicht nur fur heutige strategische Analysen und Planungen viele Hinweise



Waging Modern War: Bosnia, Kosovo, and the Future of Combat

In Waging Modern War, General Wesley K. Clark recounts his experience leading NATO's forces to a hard-fought and ultimately successful victory in Kosovo in 1999. As the American military machine has

The Origins of Military Thought: From the Enlightenment to Clausewitz

Introduction: Machiavelli and the classical notion of the lessons of history in the study of war. Part 1 The military school of the Enlightenment: Montecuccoli - the impact of proto-science on

The Afghan model in northern Iraq

Abstract In Operation ‘Iraqi Freedom’, as the Coalition's heavy forces fought in the South, in the North a handful of special operations forces, working with Kurdish rebels, clashed with the Iraqi

In Praise of Attrition

  • R. Peters
  • Political Science
    The US Army War College Quarterly: Parameters
  • 2004
This article was firs published in the Summer 2004 issue of Parameters. "Who dares to call the child by its true name?" --Goethe, Faust In our military, the danger of accepting the traditional wisdom

John Keegan and the Grand Tradition of Trashing Clausewitz: a Polemic

Rather like Cato the Elder, ending every speech with his famous ‘d lenda est Carthago’, the British historian-cum-journalist Basil Liddell Hart (1895-1970) routinely included in his many publications

The Ghost Of Napoleon