The principles of war: are they still applicable?

dc.contributor.advisorArquilla, John
dc.contributor.authorEttrich, Brian B.
dc.contributor.departmentDefense Analysis (DA)
dc.contributor.secondreaderLober, George
dc.dateJune 2005
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this thesis is to examine the principles of war as derived from the teachings of Baron Antoine Henri de Jomini and analyze them in terms of their continued applicability. This thesis looks at the complex nature of conflict in the 21st century, as well as the rise of unconventional warfare in recent years, and how significant changes in the overall realm of combat may be diminishing the relative importance of the nine principles of war utilized by the United States military for almost two centuries. The main objective of this study is to determine whether the traditionally accepted principles of war have become less applicable, and if so, to recommend new principles that could potentially be more appropriate for U.S. forces when developing new doctrine, strategy, tactics, and organizational structures. This study utilizes an heuristic approach in which the nine principles of war currently utilized by the United States military are projected through the lens of unconventional warfare in such a way as to consider whether these principles are no longer suitable for use when facing complex, innovative adversaries, such as globally networked, non state sponsored, terrorist organizations and/or rogue states. Upon demonstrating the diminished applicability of some of the nine principles of war still in use, this study then identifies and defines several new principles that should be considered more relevant to the changing conditions and circumstances of conflict. Finally, a discussion of principles of war as formulated by Sun Tzu provides a basis on which to compare and contrast Jomini's teachings with that of another great military thinker whose notions regarding the art of warfare may provide a more suitable paradigm upon which to construct a new version of the modern principles of war.en_US
dc.description.serviceUS Army (USA) author.en_US
dc.format.extentxiv, 88 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.en_US
dc.publisherMonterey California. Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.subject.authorPrinciples of Waren_US
dc.subject.authorModern Principles of Waren_US
dc.subject.authorUnconventional Warfareen_US
dc.subject.author21st Century Conflicten_US
dc.subject.authorModern Warfareen_US
dc.subject.authorFuture Waren_US
dc.subject.authorSun Tzuen_US
dc.subject.authorThe Art of Waren_US
dc.subject.lcshGuerrilla warfare.en_US
dc.titleThe principles of war: are they still applicable?en_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineDefense Analysisen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate School (U.S.)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameM.S. in Defense Analysisen_US
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