Concur as Written

I came across this gem this morning, the author nails it.  I will have some thoughts on this later.

Honestly, IMHO, little of any value has been added in the reams of re-writes and „new concepts“ since this was written.  War is evolutionary, and there is little new under the sun.  We need to publish less, study more, and practice, practice, practice.  A good concept that is thoroughly understood and executed violently……

„The Army’s basic operational concept is called AirLand Battle doctrine. This doctrine is based upon securing or retaining the initiative and exercising it aggressively to defeat the enemy.  Destruction of the opposing force is achieved by throwing the enemy off balance with powerful initial blows from unexpected directions and then following up rapidly to prevent his recovery. The best results are obtained with initial blows struck against critical units and areas whose loss will degrade the coherence of enemy operations, rather than merely against the enemy’s leading formations.“

Über keydet1976

Retired as a Colonel in the United States Army after 33 years of service. Graduate of the VMI, MA in History at JMU, completed course work for Ph.D in History University of Tennessee.
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2 Antworten zu Concur as Written

  1. burkemblog schreibt:

    Have you read Rosa Brooks‘ How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything? She makes the point that our notions of „war“ and „peace“ have to change, and thus our notions of what the various military services do will have to change as well. I just finished her book this weekend–a complex, absorbing read.


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