Clausewitz

Political Control over the Use of Force: A Clausewitzian Perspective

Author: LTC Suzanne C Nielsen The author addresses the issues regarding the ideal relationship between the commander and the statesman in time of war and the balance between political control and military operational expertise by examining what Carl von Clausewitz has to say about civil- military relations and the use of force. She looks in …

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Two Historians in Technology and War

Author: Dr John F Guilmartin Jr, Sir Michael Howard In April 1994, the Army War College’s Strategic Studies Institute held its annual Strategy Conference. The theme for this year’s conference was “The Revolution in Military Affairs: Defining an Army for the 21st Century.” Sir Michael and Professor Guilmartin are historians who have experienced warfare; indeed, …

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The Owl of Minerva Flies at Twilight: Doctrinal Change and Continuity and the Revolution in Military Affairs

Author: Dr David Jablonsky Revolutions in military affairs have never been strictly military phenomena. Social and political transformations in the past have also been major and often catalytic ingredients of such revolutions. The current revolution is no exception, whether it involves the relationship of communication-information breakthroughs to the interaction of the elements of Clausewitz’s remarkable …

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