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PS124A: “War!”Some Useful SlidesPart I: A Brief History of War
1. Why Is the Study of War So Difficult?A. War is a very broad topic. B. War is a very complex social enterprise.C. War is an emotional topic.2. What Is this Course About?3. Some Military Vocabulary4. Course Outline and Requirements.Introduction: History, War and TheoryIntroduction: History, War and Theory
Tactics: Decisions and actions about using force in a battle with the goal of winning that battle.Operations: Decisions and actions about moving forces within a theater (a region) with the goal of winning a campaign (a series of battles).Strategy: Decisions and actions about moving forces between theaters with the goal of winning the war.Grand Strategy: Political decisions about using force, such as the decision to engage in a war or join an alliance.Some Military ConceptsSome Military Concepts
ConceptGeo. RegionGoalTacticsa battlefieldWin the battleOperationsa theaterWin a campaignStrategyall theatersWin the warGrand Strategy--------------PoliticsSome Military ConceptsSome Military Concepts
Doctrine: A military’s playbook. How a military combines tactics, operations, and strategy. Examples:“Offensive doctrine” (World War I): Attack > Defense.