Accession Number : AD0778881

Title :   A Brief Critique of Clausewitz and Rapoport on Theories of War.

Descriptive Note : Student essay,


Personal Author(s) : Brown,Donald R.

Report Date : 04 JAN 1974

Pagination or Media Count : 23

Abstract : A basic dilemma for a democratic society involves the development of adequate military strategy in the context of civilian control. Clausewitz provides a possible model, and Rapoport argues that although this model has been in temporary eclipse between the world wars, it is finding new advocates among the 'Neo-Clausewitzians' such as Aron, Schelling, Kissinger and Kahn. Rapoport fears the applicaton of the model in a nuclear context. An interpretation of Clausewitz, supplemented by a useful set of distinctions developed by Rapoport among theories of war, could provide the basis for a reexamination of American policy formation in both its political and military aspects. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Warfare, Reviews, Theory, United States government

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE