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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

NATURE OF WAR

Major Carlos Rascon

sources
SOURCES
  • Preston/Wise, Men In Arms, pp. 5-14
  • MCDP-1, Warfighting
  • Luvaas article
learning objectives
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.
principles of war
Mass

Objective

Offensive

Surprise

Economy of Force

Movement

Unity of Command

Security

Simplicity

PRINCIPLES OF WAR
slide5
MASS
  • Concentrates combat power at the decisive time and place
objective
OBJECTIVE
  • Directs military operations toward a defined and attainable objective that contributes to strategic, operational, or tactical aims.
offensive
OFFENSIVE
  • The use of initiative

in combat to set the

time, place, and

direction of attack.

surprise
SURPRISE
  • Strikes the enemy

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

are unprepared.

economy of force
ECONOMY OF FORCE
  • DISTRIBUTING

AVAILABLE

FORCES IN THE

MOST

ADVANTAGEOUS

MANNER

manuever
MANUEVER
  • DEFINED -MOVING FORCES IN A TACTICAL MANNER
  • ESSENTIAL TO COMBAT POWER
  • REQUIRES FLEXIBILITY
unity of command
UNITY OF COMMAND
  • ALL FORCES WORKING TOWARD ONE COMMON GOAL
  • BEST ACHIEVED BY ONE COMMANDER
  • INTENT
security
SECURITY
  • PREVENTS SURPRISE
  • DENIES INFORMATION TO THE ENEMY
  • RETAINS INITIATIVE
  • HOMELAND DEFENSE
simplicity
SIMPLICITY
  • Avoids unnecessary complexity in preparing, planning, and conducting military operations.
  • K.I.S.S.
threads of continuity
THREADS OF CONTINUITY
  • WAR IS EVERCHANGING
  • PROVIDE STRUCTURE AND A COMMON REFERENCE TO THE CHANGES IN THE ART OF WAR
  • TWO TYPES- INTERNAL/EXTERNAL
internal
INTERNAL

RELATE TO THE MILITARY DIRECTLY

  • Professionalism
  • Tactics
  • Operations
  • Strategy
external
RELATE TO THE GREATER SOCIAL ASPECT IN WHICH THE MILITARY EXISTS

POLITICAL CONSIDERATIONS

SOCIAL FACTORS

ECONOMIC

TECHNOLOGY

EXTERNAL
levels of war
LEVELS OF WAR
  • POLITICAL
  • OPERATIONAL
  • STRATEGIC
  • TACTICAL
  • TECHNICAL
political
POLITICAL
  • Establish goals and policies for which war must be fought
  • Shape warfare on a global level
  • Geneva convention
operational
OPERATIONAL
  • Governs the way campaigns are planned and conducted
  • The link between strategic and tactical
strategic
STRATEGIC
  • THE STRATEGY USED IN BATTLE TO DEFEAT THE ENEMY
  • GOAL IS TO SECURE THE OBJECTIVE
technical
TECHNICAL
  • ADVANCEMENTS IN WEAPONS SYSTEM
  • PIONEERING AND CUTTING EDGE OF TECHNOLOGY
tactical
TACTICAL
  • TECHNIQUES USED TO WIN BATTLES AND ENGAGEMENTS
  • THE ACTUAL FIGHTING OCCURS HERE
summary
“MOOSEMUSS”

THREADS OF CONTINUITY

INTERNAL

EXTERNAL

5 LEVELS OF WAR

POLITICAL

OPERATIONAL

STRATEGIC

TECHNICAL

TACTICAL

SUMMARY