The Resource A concept at the crossroads : rethinking the center of gravity, Rudolph M. Janiczek

A concept at the crossroads : rethinking the center of gravity, Rudolph M. Janiczek

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A concept at the crossroads : rethinking the center of gravity
Title
A concept at the crossroads
Title remainder
rethinking the center of gravity
Statement of responsibility
Rudolph M. Janiczek
Title variation
Rethinking the center of gravity
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Language
eng
Summary
Since the 1980s, the US military has placed great emphasis on the theories and concepts of Clausewitz. Concomitantly, a tremendous emphasis has been placed in doctrine on the consideration of a center of gravity (COG) as a central element of campaign planning. The doctrinal definitions of the COG are still imperfect, but the concept arguably serves as an effective tool for focusing military effort to win decisively in major operations or campaigns. Although the American military performs brilliantly in decisive operations, the difficulties it has faced in Iraq and Afghanistan suggest that a doctrinal renaissance is in order. This paper examines the potential for employing the COG concept in areas beyond the realm of decisive operations. After examining the concept's evolution, present doctrinal manifestations, and some previous proposals for future employment, the author opines that the COG's role in American military thinking is flawed and must be reconsidered entirely. To that end, three options are offered for evolving the COG, with a specific recommendation that it would be most effective if removed from doctrine and considered as an abstract concept, rather than a practical one
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Janiczek, Rudolph M
Government publication
federal national government publication
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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Army War College (U.S.)
Series statement
Carlisle papers in security strategy
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  • Clausewitz, Carl von
  • Military doctrine
  • Strategy
  • Military planning
Label
A concept at the crossroads : rethinking the center of gravity, Rudolph M. Janiczek
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Publication
Note
  • Title from title screen (viewed on Oct. 30, 2007)
  • "October 2007."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 10-12)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Interpretation of an enduring metaphor -- Evolutionary signposts -- Introspect -- The crossroads -- Conclusion
Control code
180853187
Extent
v, 12 pages
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781584873228
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
digital, PDF file.
Specific material designation
remote
System details
Mode of access: Internet. Address as of 10/30/07: http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/pdffiles/PUB805.pdf; current access available via PURL
Label
A concept at the crossroads : rethinking the center of gravity, Rudolph M. Janiczek
Publication
Note
  • Title from title screen (viewed on Oct. 30, 2007)
  • "October 2007."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 10-12)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Interpretation of an enduring metaphor -- Evolutionary signposts -- Introspect -- The crossroads -- Conclusion
Control code
180853187
Extent
v, 12 pages
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781584873228
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
digital, PDF file.
Specific material designation
remote
System details
Mode of access: Internet. Address as of 10/30/07: http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/pdffiles/PUB805.pdf; current access available via PURL

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