EFFECTS AND OPERATIONAL DESIGN: LEARNING FROM WWI CAMPAIGNS

While joint doctrine and most service-specific doctrines have banished EBO as a concept, effects remain one of the elements of operational design. For a time, effects and Effects-Based Operations (EBO) were at the center of U.S. Joint Doctrine, promising an omniscient understanding of the adversary and how to produce its defeat. EBO advocates claimed it […]

LIBERATION FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF THE LIBERATED (ON WRITING)

If you go into reading history with an open mind what you’re looking for is to be surprised; you’re looking for things that tell you something you didn’t know. The liberation of an oppressed people is indeed a noble venture. But as the U.S. learned in Iraq, it’s a complicated relationship between the liberated and […]

PARIS 1919: A CONVERSATION WITH MARGARET MACMILLAN (ON WRITING)

And somebody hadn’t written a book on the whole [conference]…and so I thought well maybe I’ll try and then I thought that’s crazy. Who am I to try this massive subject.   A BETTER PEACE welcomes award winning and internationally renowned author Margaret MacMillan. Perhaps best known for her study and writings of the 1919 […]

WORLD WAR I WAS ALSO FOUGHT IN AFRICA!

At the outbreak of the war, all of those armies were quite small but they rapidly grew many times their size in 1914 Historical memory of the First World War often focuses on the western front, perhaps because of egocentrism or the wealth of documents and literature that emerged from the front. But while the […]

HOW A HOMING PIGEON SAVED THE LOST BATTALION OF WORLD WAR I (DUSTY SHELVES)

Pigeons were treated with very high regard in the military … much like working dogs are today Technological innovation has always been central to warfighting, and the advances made over the 20th century were especially important. During the First World War, battlefield communications were limited, and armies employed means–old and new–to communicate. They used old […]

REMEMBERING WORLD WAR I: WHITEBOARD RESPONSE (PART 2)

Planners for future wars must in the next war push the boundaries of where and when to consummate military operations This is the second set of top responses to the following question: What is the most important insight about war or strategy that we gain from the study of the First World War? If you […]

REMEMBERING WORLD WAR I: WHITEBOARD RESPONSE (PART 1)

‘if only the politicians had let us do our jobs’ remains a powerful military narrative We thank you for the overwhelming number of submissions in response to our question: What is the most important insight about war or strategy that we gain from the study of the First World War? We will publish the top […]

REMEMBERING WORLD WAR I: A WHITEBOARD

Men and women of all races and backgrounds were transformed by the war, whether they stayed at home or fought at the front Veteran’s Day is observed in the U.S. on November 11 of each year in commemoration of the armistice that ended hostilities in the First World War. At the eleventh hour of the […]

DEATH OF A GENERAL: EDWARD SIGERFOOS & LEADERS IN WAR

Is it necessary for Generals to be on the modern battlefield? Is it worth the risk? Stars, I have seen them fall, but when they drop and die No star is lost at all From all the star-sown sky. A.E. Housman, Untitled, More Poems Only in command of a brigade for an hour, Edward Sigerfoos […]