Clausewitz Out, Computer In: Military Culture and Technological Hubris

The U.S. military ignores the teaching of Clausewitz at its own peril.

Issue: Summer 1997

One of the great understudied aspects of military history concerns the institutional cultures through which officer corps come to grips with the dynamic and ambiguous problems of war and peace. That institutional culture shapes the understanding of the strategic, operational, and tactical choices before the professional soldier, and it implants as well broader assumptions concerning the historical framework in which those choices find their meaning. It is a process that proceeds by means of formal education, informal acculturation, and practical experience.

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