(17.) See Carl von Clausewitz
, Vom Kriege, 19th ed.
It is simply false to claim, as Professor Czarnecki does (and many systems theorists as well), that Carl von Clausewitz
was one of the first systems philosophers of war.
They find more continuity than change in the relationship between the state and war as best explained by Carl von Clausewitz
. Napoleon harnessed the power of the state to raise armies and wage war in a true revolution that remains the most important change in the character of war in modern times despite the increasing ability of nonstate actors to use the technology developed by states against them.
One is tempted to ask: why should I read another study or article about Carl von Clausewitz
's masterpiece On War?
Second, if Carl von Clausewitz
was correct in defining intelligence as "every sort of information about the enemy and his country," fundamental changes in information management must create fundamental changes in intelligence.
According to his critics, Carl von Clausewitz
believed war was entirely governed by reason and controlled by the dictates of policy.
Carl von Clausewitz
's (1780-1831) ideas on the nature of war were ignored.
He concludes with an interesting interpretation of how Carl von Clausewitz
might have viewed Rommel, Montgomery, and Patton.
Hagan and Bickerton conclude that Carl von Clausewitz
's maxim that "war is the continuation of policy by other means" is invalid and therefore not a useful guideline for policymakers.
Carl von Clausewitz
is uncompromising on this matter:
Gray's first point was made repeatedly by Carl von Clausewitz
, perhaps most memorably when he observed that war can have its own means or "grammar," but not its own ends or "logic." Gray's second point is more obvious to those who have lived through the emergence of nuclear weapons and airliners being flown into buildings than it may have been to Clausewitz.
This proposition stands in direct contradiction to the work of the formidable Carl von Clausewitz
, and it is therefore no surprise that new wars theorists have attempted to do away with the work of the Prussian strategist in order to validate their own findings.
We're killing them." (1) Rather than paralyzing the enemy, Moseley sought to engage him in decisive battle--as Prussian theorist Carl von Clausewitz
suggested nearly two hundred years ago.
Advanced by Carl von Clausewitz
, the concept of center of gravity is a popular strategic theory.
(7) Carl von Clausewitz
, Vom Kriege, edited by Werner Hahlweg (Bonn: Ferd.