Maneuver Warfare: An Anthology

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Today, America's armed forces face massive change, a dramatically reduced force structure, and severe budget cuts. The concept of "maneuver warfare" has been put forth as one promising solution to this dilemma. Can a small, maneuver-oriented military establishment actually serve us better, as its proponents claim? This vexing question provides the basis for this important book. The answers to this question will serve as the foundation for American military doctrine in the 21st century. Here, some of America's ...
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Overview

Today, America's armed forces face massive change, a dramatically reduced force structure, and severe budget cuts. The concept of "maneuver warfare" has been put forth as one promising solution to this dilemma. Can a small, maneuver-oriented military establishment actually serve us better, as its proponents claim? This vexing question provides the basis for this important book. The answers to this question will serve as the foundation for American military doctrine in the 21st century. Here, some of America's finest minds explore the idea of maneuver-based warfare, getting to the heart of the issues and engaging in an energetic and lively debate, with each essay making an independent contribution to the evolving thought. Whether a cure-all or an empty bag of tricks, maneuver warfare theory presents a formidable challenge to the American defense establishment. The synthesis of ideas presented in this volume will be critically important in shaping the post-Cold War world. Everyone in the military, or interested in national defense, should read these thoughtful and controversial essays.
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The army is in the process of losing up to one half of its combat divisions in the current downsizing. Several of the essayists in this collection suggest that a smaller army could actually be a stronger one, if it is trained and equipped to fight in the maneuver-warfare mode. William Lind opens the anthology with as clear a definition of this broad and fuzzy concept as may be possible: maneuver warfare, relying not on firepower or industrial might, emphasizes decentralized command and rapid operating tempo in applying tactical strength against the enemy's weakness. Richard Hooker explains how German tactics in WW I remain the best model for maneuver warfare. David Grossman discusses why WW II German General Erwin Rommel is thought of as a sterling maneuverist. Michael D. Wyly reveals how maneuver warfare is taught and some of its training methods. Daniel P. Bolger's amusingly skeptical essay suggests that maneuver warfare theory is ``a bag of military Doritos--tasty and great fun to munch, but not very nutritious.'' Readers will find in this timely anthology a thorough discussion of the primary doctrine of American ground forces now and in the foreseeable future. (Jan.)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780891415183
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/1/1993
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.01 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 1.29 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Theory and Practice of Maneuver Warfare 3
Maneuver Warfare Reconsidered 19
Maneuver Warfare and the United States 42
Thoughts About Maneuver Warfare 57
Ten Myths About Maneuver Warfare 76
The Strategic Setting 91
The Operational Art: Quo Vadis? 106
Maneuver Warfare and Low-Intensity Conflict 119
Defeating the Enemy's Will: The Psychological Foundations of Maneuver Warfare 142
Institutionalizing Maneuver Warfare: The Process of Organizational Change 193
Implementing Maneuver Warfare 217
Auftragstaktik: Mission Orders and the German Experience 236
Teaching Maneuver Warfare 248
Maneuver Warfare: The German Tradition 273
From the Offensive a Outrance to the Methodical Battle 294
Maneuver Warfare in the Light Infantry: The Rommel Model 316
Maneuver Warfare in the Western Desert: Wavell and the First Libyan Offensive 1940-1941 336
The Wehrmacht Approach to Maneuver Warfare Command and Control 347
Maneuver Warfare and the Art of Deception 360
Operation Weseruebung: A Case Study in the Operational Art 374
Operation 25: The Wehrmacht's Conquest of Yugoslavia 391
Biographies of Contributing Authors 406
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