Sunday, 19 August 2018

16 Cases of Mission Command

Officers of the German Wehrmacht (armed forces) at the Kriegsschule (war school) conduct map exercises in Berlin in the 1930s.
"As the Army moves forward with Mission Command as its command philosophy, Combat Studies Institute offers a new work titled “16 Cases of Mission Command.” This collection of historical cases seeks to sharpen Soldiers' understanding of the command doctrine by providing examples from the past in which Mission Command principles played a decisive role. Some cases show junior officers following their commander’s intent and exercising disciplined initiative in very chaotic combat operations."

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Air Power in Irregular Warfare

A squadron of French airplanes somewhere in Algeria
A thesis by Major Steven J. Ayre and Major Jeremy F. Hough.
"History is full of with examples of innovations that have proved essential to victory in war. Few innovations have provided the consistent and often decisive impact that air power has delivered in conflict. Across its relatively short history, the concept of air power has maintained a resiliency of innovation across the doctrinal, strategic, organizational, and technological levels. However, warfare itself has witnessed significant changes over the course of the last century. No longer is the classical, conventional state-onstate conflict the principal method of combating one’s enemies. In its place, irregular warfare (IW) has arguably become the norm in conflict today."

Monday, 13 August 2018

Moltke’s Command Philosophy in the 21st Century

Helmuth Karl Bernhard Graf von Moltke, Prussian Field Marshall
Fallacy or Verity? Is a thesis presented to the Faculty of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree Master of Military Art and Science, Military History, by Major Gunter Rosseels, Belgian Army. 

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

When does Counterinsurgency work?

A troop of French soldiers confident in defeating the FLN in Algeria.
An Analysis of Counterinsurgency Campaigns after 1945, by Maryum Alam. Introduction: Insurgency and counterinsurgency, a particular form of asymmetric warfare in the international system, is not a new phenomenon. History is replete with examples of ethno nationalist armed groups challenging and defeating superior states for control over a given  territory. This study seeks an answer to a simple question: does counterinsurgency work, and if so, which counterinsurgency policies are associated with state success?