Accession Number : ADA309295

Title :   Center of Gravity: Dispelling the Myths.

Descriptive Note : Research rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Kidder, Bruce L.

PDF Url : ADA309295

Report Date : APR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 27

Abstract : The term 'center of gravity', first coined by the nineteenth century military strategist, Carl von Clausewitz, seems to be somewhat misunderstood. In discussions with senior military officers, you can easily find many different interpretations of the term. It has tremendous utility when correctly applied to the planning process, at any level of war. Unless everyone has the same understanding of the term, you run the risk of misinterpretations. The purpose of this paper was to dispel the myths surrounding the concept of center of gravity and in the process, clarify exactly what the term means. The paper analyzes Clausewitz's meaning of the term center of gravity. Next, it shows how the concept was applied to a real-world situation featuring Operation Desert Shield/Storm. Finally, it concludes by addressing the common misconceptions or myths, associated with the term.

Descriptors :   *STRATEGIC ANALYSIS, *MILITARY PLANNING, *MILITARY ART, MILITARY HISTORY, COMBAT EFFECTIVENESS, LAND WARFARE, THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS, DECISION MAKING, LEADERSHIP, MILITARY DOCTRINE, VULNERABILITY, MILITARY CAPABILITIES, JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, CHEMICAL WARFARE, ARMY OPERATIONS, TACTICAL WARFARE.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE