Accession Number : ADA289157

Title :   Clausewitzian Trinity: A Vague Concept or a Tool for the Attack.

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MIL ITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Smith, Jack F.

PDF Url : ADA289157

Report Date : 17 DEC 1993

Pagination or Media Count : 53

Abstract : This monograph studies the meaning behind the infamous Clausewitzian concept of the trinity which embodies the essence of warfare. This underlying essence permeates his discussion of warfare throughout his book. The monograph first goes into an explanation of the trinity using various sources to amplify that what Carl Von Clausewitz was describing drives all the complex interactions of humanity. Finally, we examine how an understanding of the trinity can be a tool for the tactical commander who must execute the attack. A tactical scenario is used to illustrate Clausewitz's basic premise that warfare is never executed in a vacuum. The trinity affects the factors that lead up to the conflict- the movement of troops to the battlefield and the exchanging of bullets with enemy formations. While normally associated with the national level and strategic level of war, the true nature of the trinity affects every organization down to the last member of the squad. The commander who can conceptualize the reality and effect of the trinity will go into battle better prepared to lead and to execute the assigned mission.

Descriptors :   *WARFARE, *MILITARY DOCTRINE, SCENARIOS, UNCERTAINTY, POLICIES, POLITICAL SCIENCE, RISK, DECISION MAKING, ARMY TRAINING, BATTLEFIELDS, INTERACTIONS, THEORY, PROBABILITY, ATTACK, VACUUM, TIME, MISSIONS, GEOPOLITICS, DOCUMENTS, CONFLICT, ENEMY, CIVILIAN POPULATION, ARMY, MILITARY COMMANDERS, ARMY PLANNING, MILITARY PUBLICATIONS, TACTICAL WARFARE, COMBAT FORCES.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Sociology and Law
      Military Forces and Organizations
      Administration and Management

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE