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09-05-2008, 10:28 PM
The Manoeuvre Warfare Fraud (http://smallwarsjournal.com/blog/2008/09/the-manoeuvre-warfare-fraud/)
by William F. Owen, Small Wars Journal

The Manoeuvre Warfare Fraud (Full PDF Article) (http://smallwarsjournal.com/mag/docs-temp/95-owen.pdf)

The concept of Manoeuvre Warfare (MW) in its modern form was first advocated in the early 1980s as part of the US military conventional response to perceived Warsaw Pact superiority. It has since become widely accepted as a style of warfare and generic concept of operation. This paper will argue that the community it was intended to serve based its wide acceptance largely on ignorance and a lack of intellectual rigor.

09-05-2008, 10:59 PM
The gates of discussion are about to be blasted open again. Good work, even though I can not decide exactly how much of it I agree with right away. I often wonder if MW would be more useful if the centralization and micro-management of the current US forces were eliminated.

09-06-2008, 02:51 AM
MW was in fact valid, operations could be practised using detailed orders as opposed to mission command if there is an adequate common operating picture and good command and control links as Network Centric Warfare2 is intended to provide. Intriguingly one might argue that a fully networked coherent common operating picture could make mission command unnecessary.

Hey I heard that such a omniscient and omnipresent network is just around the corner....what was it's name???????

Oh yeah skynet.