Resource: Army War College Review

The Strategic Studies Institute and the Army War College have inaugurated the Army War College Review, a refereed publication of student work at the War College.  “An electronic quarterly, The AWC Review connects student intellectual work with professionals invested in U.S. national security, Landpower, strategic leadership, global security studies, and the advancement of the profession of arms.”  The publication is edited by Dr. Larry D. Miller.    The first issue includes an article by Colonel Mark E. Blomme, USAF, “On Theory: War and Warfare Reconsidered,” which argues that while Clausewitz provides unparalleled and enduring insights into the nature of war, Sun Tzu’s teachings on warfare are much more applicable in the modern technological environment (maneuver, thinking, and asymmetric warfare rather than mass, brute force, and bloody pursuit of decisive battle)  Blomme argues:

Clausewitz provided a prophetic and lasting theory describing the tendencies and motivations that lead to war and limit its political aims, but his theory for the conduct of war has proven less enduring. His Napoleonic-era prescriptions maintained a powerful hold on the theory of warfare for nearly a century. Disruptive technologies, such as the gift of flight, eventually forced a reevaluation of theory and led to a rediscovery of sixth-century B.C. theory attributed to Sun Tzu. Modern theorists like Julian Corbett, John Boyd, John Warden, and Shimon Naveh extended Sun Tzu’s concepts, perhaps unwittingly, such that Sun Tzu’s theory continues to resonate within the twenty-first-century American theory of warfare. These theorists demonstrated that Sun Tzu remains relevant to the perpetually changing realm of warfare, while Clausewitz’s theory on war remains quintessential to the analysis and understanding of the purpose and motivations of war.