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C&SC Distance Education Program Welcome 2004-2005 Agenda Intro to DEP Intro to 8801 Theory and Nature of War Lesson 1 The Classical Theorists Sun Tzu Regional Coordinator Same lesson Attendance JFSC Details Reading materials Admin details 3x5 card 8800 Series 8801: T & N of War

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Agenda

  • Intro to DEP

  • Intro to 8801

    • Theory and Nature of War

  • Lesson 1

    • The Classical Theorists

      • Sun Tzu


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Regional Coordinator

Same lesson

Attendance

JFSC Details

Reading materials

Admin details

3x5 card

8800 Series

8801:

T & N of War

8802

SLOW

8803

OLOW

Schedule

Intro to DEP


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Class format

  • Schedule

  • Preparation

  • Guided Discussion

  • Summary

    • Points to remember


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Theory and Nature of War

Course Overview


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Theory and Nature of War

  • Course objectives

    • Analyze the evolution of war

    • Evaluate the nature of war and policy

    • Synthesize the relationship between

      • Theorists

      • Evolution of war

    • Develop a personal theory of war.


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Course Description

  • Evolution of warfare

    • Theorists and their contexts

  • Themes

  • Fundamental Questions

  • Forces shaping war

    • Threads of Continuity

  • Final Examination


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Theorists

Sun Tzu

Clausewitz

Jomini

Mahan, Corbett

Douhet, Mitchell, Geiger

Mao,

Eras

Early Modern Era

Revolutionary Age

Mid-19th Century

Late 19th Century

WWI

WWII

Modern Era

The Study of War


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Theory and Nature of War

  • What is war?

  • Why study it?

  • How to study war?


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Theory and Nature of War

  • How to study war?

  • Is history

    • Prescriptive?

    • Descriptive?

  • What role does theory play?

  • What is the difference between

    • Art

    • Science


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Themes in a study of war

  • Industry and technology

  • The professionalization of armies

  • Remoteness of commanders

  • Ethical dimensions of war

  • See also page viii


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Context

Analysis of history

Ideas about

Strategy

Army and society

Importance of material and moral factors

Effect of individuals

Offense and defense

Importance of chance

Effect of previous theorists

Effect on later theorists

Fundamental Questions


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Theory and doctrine

Professionalism

Generalship

Strategy

Tactics

Logistics & Administration

Technology

Political factors

Social Factors

Economic Factors

Forces Shaping War:Threads of Continuity


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Assessment

  • Final Exam 75%

  • Participation 25%


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Final Examination

  • Essay exam

    • 75%

    • Dec 16-20

  • Be familiar with

    • The tenor of each theorist

    • What each is notable for

    • Strategies in wars studied

    • Theories in action


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Involvement in Activities 1-5

Seldom 1

Occasional 2

Often 4

Frequently 5

Observed behavior 1-5

Questions

Information

Concepts

Expression

Contribution

Attendance

Participation 25%


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Theory and Nature of War: An Introduction

Questions


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