The Art and Practice of Military Strategy

George Edward Thibault
National Defense University, 1984 - 883 sidor

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Sida 427 - ... from external annoyance; when we may take such an attitude as will cause the neutrality, we may at any time resolve upon, to be scrupulously respected; when belligerent nations, under the impossibility of making acquisitions upon us, will not lightly hazard the giving us provocation; when we may choose peace or war, as our interest, guided by justice shall counsel.
Sida 617 - The US has come to the conclusion that to the extent feasible, basic military strategy in a possible general nuclear war should be approached in much the same way that more conventional military operations have been regarded in the past.
Sida 65 - Clausewitz insisted that, the first, the supreme, the most far-reaching act of judgment that the statesman and commander have to make is to establish . . . the kind of war on which they are embarking; neither mistaking it for, nor trying to turn it into, something that is alien to its nature.
Sida 27 - US Army field manuals over the years have added to, or subtracted from, the official list of principles, and in 1968 settled down to the figure of nine — nine "fundamental truths governing the prosecution of war.
Sida 125 - It is not the taking of individual ships or convoys, be they few or many, that strikes down the money power of a nation ; it is the possession of that overbearing power on the sea which drives the enemy's flag from it, or allows it to appear only as a fugitive ; and which, by controlling the great common, closes the highways by which commerce moves to and from the enemy's shores.
Sida 49 - Therefore, when capable, feign incapacity; when active, inactivity. When near, make it appear that you are far away; when far away, that you are near.
Sida 55 - If you want to overcome your enemy you must match your effort against his power of resistance, which can be expressed as the product of two inseparable factors, viz. The total means at his disposal and the strength of his will.
Sida 581 - What we need is a series of measured responses to aggression which bear some relation t,o the provocation, have prospects of terminating hostilities before general nuclear war breaks out, and leave some possibility for restoring deterrence.
Sida 437 - GOOD-MORNING; good-morning!" the General said When we met him last week on our way to the line. Now the soldiers he smiled at are most of 'em dead, And we're cursing his staff for incompetent swine. "He's a cheery old card," grunted Harry to Jack As they slogged up to Arras with rifle and pack.
Sida 536 - Thus far the chief purpose of our military establishment has been to win wars. From now on its chief purpose must be to avert them.

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