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A Concept at the Crossroads: Rethinking the Center... Cover Image
Added October 09, 2007
A Concept at the Crossroads: Rethinking the Center of Gravity. Authored by Lieutenant Colonel Rudolph M. Janiczek.
The author concludes that, in an effort to operationalize Clausewitz's signature concept, the U.S. military probably limited its utility. The Center of Gravity is best applied as an abstract, rather than as a practical, concept.
Clausewitz's Center of Gravity: Changing Our Warfi... Cover Image
Added September 01, 2002
Clausewitz's Center of Gravity: Changing Our Warfighting Doctrine--Again!. Authored by Dr. Antulio J. Echevarria, II.
The center of gravity concept has long been hailed by the U.S. military as the cornerstone of the operational art; yet, the term has many different meanings. In going back to the original concept, the author reveals that Clausewitz intended the center of gravity to function much as its counterpart in the mechanical sciences, that is, as a focal point—as the one element within a combatant's entire structure or system that has the necessary centripetal force to hold that structure together.