Accession Number : ADA328172

Title :   Where Are Your Principles?

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Laughlin, James L.

PDF Url : ADA328172

Report Date : 19 MAY 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 35

Abstract : Following the success of the allied coalition in Desert Storm, military journals have enjoyed a plethora of articles heralding the keys to successful combined operations. The articles seem to focus an inordinate amount of attention on the coalition and much less on warfare (operations). The principles of war are rarely found in any of these articles. Rather, new terms of reference are being used, which look and sound like the principles of war, but have very different meanings. Current US alliances provide a wealth of proven experience to assist in evaluating the keys to success in combined operations and combined warfare. A close examination of the relationship between the United States and the Republic of Korea, embodied in the Combined Forces Command, provides a unique insight into combined operations and more specifically alliance warfare. Through research and the limited experience of the author at the operational level, three key principles of war, unity of command, objective, and simplicity are identified as essential for success in alliance warfare. These same three key principles of war are essential for the success of any combined operation.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY OPERATIONS, *WARFARE, *JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, *MILITARY ART, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), IRAQ, KUWAIT, UNITED STATES, MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN), MILITARY DOCTRINE, POLITICAL ALLIANCES, COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS, SOUTH KOREA, MASS MEDIA.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE