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Accession Number ADA566529
Title American Way of Warfare.
Publication Date May 2012
Media Count 45p
Personal Author C. M. Nangle
Abstract During the past several decades, numerous authors have written on the subject of an American way of war. These include works by Russell Weigley, Max Boot, and Brian Linn. The apparent differences among these works have stimulated debate among military scholars as to what constitutes the American way of war. These debates and the accepted validity of apparently differing accounts of the American way of war highlight how difficult it is to characterize a topic as broad and inclusive as a way of war. Two challenges confront any attempt to provide a definitive list of items that characterize a way of war. The first is the broad scope of activities that the term 'War' encompasses. The second is that each conflict contains unique circumstances and policy objectives that differentiate it from previous conflicts. Because of these challenges, some scholars claim that it is impossible to generalize a singular American way of war and that there is a difference between the concept of war and the conduct of warfare. This study concludes that, over time, aspects of Army doctrine and operational traditions have achieved a state of semi-permanence. This enduring legacy represents an identifiable American way of warfare that encourages adaptive leaders to seek decisive victories through the application of superior power, which requires the ability to project that power over vast distances. It derives from the collective perceptions of historical military experience and is influenced by the unique American experiences of geography, political philosophy, and civic culture.
Keywords Adaptability
Adaptive leaders
American way of warfare
Army doctrine
Army operations
Battle of chattanooga 1863
Battle of fallen timbers 1793
Boot max
Civil war(United states)
Colonial militias
Continental army
Decisive victory
Desert shield operation
French and indian war
Indian wars
Learning theory
Linn brian
Mexican war
Military art
Military doctrine
Military genius
Military history
Military planning
Military science
Military strategy
Neptune operation
Overlord operation
Persian gulf war
Power projection
Principle of mass
Revolutionary war(United states)
Second world war
Shy john
Small wars
Superior power
United states
Wars of annihilation
Wars of attrition
Weigley russell

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 92D - Education, Law, & Humanities
74G - Military Operations, Strategy, & Tactics
Corporate Author Army Command and General Staff Coll., Fort Leavenworth, KS. School of Advanced Military Studies.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Monograph.
NTIS Issue Number 1307
Contract Number N/A

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