Clausewitzian Friction and Future War, Revised Edition by Barry D. Watts, Institute for National Strategic Studies

By Barry D. Watts, Institute for National Strategic Studies (U.S.)

McNair Paper 68.
Examines the query of no matter if Clausewitzian friction may succumb to the adjustments in modern struggle that can lie forward, or even if such impediments mirror extra enduring elements of conflict that expertise can purely impact marginally. Clausewitzian friction refers back to the thought by means of Carl von Clausewitz (1780-1831) that fact exerts one of those friction on principles and intentions in warfare. This time period is often linked to the various problems and impediments to the powerful use of army force.

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As a prelude to answering this question, 17 18 CLAUSEWITZIAN FRICTION AND FUTURE WAR it is useful to review the detailed meanings Clausewitz attached to danger and physical exertion as sources of general friction. A close reading of chapter 4 in book 1 of On War, titled “On Danger in War,” reveals that the phenomenon at issue consists of the debilitating effects that the imminent threat of death or mutilation in battle has on the ability of combatants at every level to think clearly and act effectively.

Norman Schwarzkopf, as a primary center of gravity. S. 114 The attacks of the heavy units in XVIII Airborne and VII Corps were then moved up to 1500 hours on the 24th. Nonetheless, the time lost soon became impossible to make up, especially in the case of VII Corps. 115 Regardless of the reasons for this decision, it did not reflect 30 CLAUSEWITZIAN FRICTION AND FUTURE WAR the theater commander’s intent. ” 116 This frictional gap continued to widen as the ground offensive unfolded. 119 These two frictions, in turn, were compounded by a number of others.

What might Clausewitz’s original notion look like if reformulated in the language and concepts of more contemporary disciplines like nonlinear dynamics? The initial step toward answering these questions was to clarify Clausewitz’s original concept, which we have now done. The next task, which will be the focus of chapter 5, is to present empirical evidence for general friction’s persistence down to the present day. Although we are not yet far enough along to offer full answers to the original questions about general friction, some preliminary insights can be drawn from the clarification of Clausewitz’s general concept so far.

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