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NATURE OF WAR. Major Carlos Rascon. SOURCES. Preston/Wise, Men In Arms , pp. 5-14 MCDP-1, Warfighting Luvaas article. LEARNING OBJECTIVES. Know and understand the 9 principles of War. Understand the function and importance of the threads of continuity. Know the 5 levels of War

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NATURE OF WAR

Major Carlos Rascon


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SOURCES

  • Preston/Wise, Men In Arms, pp. 5-14

  • MCDP-1, Warfighting

  • Luvaas article


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LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Know and understand the 9 principles of War.

  • Understand the function and importance of the threads of continuity.

  • Know the 5 levels of War

  • Be able to discuss basic definitions as related to warfare.


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Mass

Objective

Offensive

Surprise

Economy of Force

Movement

Unity of Command

Security

Simplicity

PRINCIPLES OF WAR


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MASS

  • Concentrates combat power at the decisive time and place


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OBJECTIVE

  • Directs military operations toward a defined and attainable objective that contributes to strategic, operational, or tactical aims.


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OFFENSIVE

  • The use of initiative

    in combat to set the

    time, place, and

    direction of attack.


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SURPRISE

  • Strikes the enemy

    at a time or place or in a manner for which they

    are unprepared.


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ECONOMY OF FORCE

  • DISTRIBUTING

    AVAILABLE

    FORCES IN THE

    MOST

    ADVANTAGEOUS

    MANNER


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MANUEVER

  • DEFINED -MOVING FORCES IN A TACTICAL MANNER

  • ESSENTIAL TO COMBAT POWER

  • REQUIRES FLEXIBILITY


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UNITY OF COMMAND

  • ALL FORCES WORKING TOWARD ONE COMMON GOAL

  • BEST ACHIEVED BY ONE COMMANDER

  • INTENT


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SECURITY

  • PREVENTS SURPRISE

  • DENIES INFORMATION TO THE ENEMY

  • RETAINS INITIATIVE

  • HOMELAND DEFENSE


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SIMPLICITY

  • Avoids unnecessary complexity in preparing, planning, and conducting military operations.

  • K.I.S.S.


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THREADS OF CONTINUITY

  • WAR IS EVERCHANGING

  • PROVIDE STRUCTURE AND A COMMON REFERENCE TO THE CHANGES IN THE ART OF WAR

  • TWO TYPES- INTERNAL/EXTERNAL


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INTERNAL

RELATE TO THE MILITARY DIRECTLY

  • Professionalism

  • Tactics

  • Operations

  • Strategy


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RELATE TO THE GREATER SOCIAL ASPECT IN WHICH THE MILITARY EXISTS

POLITICAL CONSIDERATIONS

SOCIAL FACTORS

ECONOMIC

TECHNOLOGY

EXTERNAL


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LEVELS OF WAR EXISTS

  • POLITICAL

  • OPERATIONAL

  • STRATEGIC

  • TACTICAL

  • TECHNICAL


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POLITICAL EXISTS

  • Establish goals and policies for which war must be fought

  • Shape warfare on a global level

  • Geneva convention


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OPERATIONAL EXISTS

  • Governs the way campaigns are planned and conducted

  • The link between strategic and tactical


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STRATEGIC EXISTS

  • THE STRATEGY USED IN BATTLE TO DEFEAT THE ENEMY

  • GOAL IS TO SECURE THE OBJECTIVE


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TECHNICAL EXISTS

  • ADVANCEMENTS IN WEAPONS SYSTEM

  • PIONEERING AND CUTTING EDGE OF TECHNOLOGY


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TACTICAL EXISTS

  • TECHNIQUES USED TO WIN BATTLES AND ENGAGEMENTS

  • THE ACTUAL FIGHTING OCCURS HERE


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“MOOSEMUSS” EXISTS

THREADS OF CONTINUITY

INTERNAL

EXTERNAL

5 LEVELS OF WAR

POLITICAL

OPERATIONAL

STRATEGIC

TECHNICAL

TACTICAL

SUMMARY


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QUESTIONS? EXISTS


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