Accession Number : ADA325118

Title :   The Influence of Christianity on the American Way of War: Implications for the Operational Commander.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT

Personal Author(s) : Gwaltney, Phillip E.

PDF Url : ADA325118

Report Date : 07 FEB 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 25

Abstract : In today's emphasis on Joint Warfare, America's distinctive operating style embraces the use of 'overwhelming and discriminate force, rapid operating tempo and the exploitation of advanced technology. This American way of war focuses on joint campaigns--seamless operations from air, land, sea and space, operating with overwhelming force from every conceivable dimension and direction to shock, disrupt and rapidly defeat opponents.' Where, if at all, is the influence of Christianity to the American understanding of 'when' military force is appropriate, and also, how' this military force should best be applied as an instrument of national policy. Operational commanders correctly expend a tremendous amount of resources to know the enemy's capability, including their religious culture, but frequently ignored or marginalized is the role of the American religious community and its impact on the military force. This paper will summarize the unique role Christianity played in the development of a national style of warfare and demonstrate the implications of this unique influence for the operational commander who must plan for future wars.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY OPERATIONS, *MILITARY COMMANDERS, *RELIGION, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), WARFARE, POLICIES, UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, COMMUNITIES, SHOCK, CULTURE, DISCRIMINATE ANALYSIS.

Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE