The Leavenworth Way of War

History Discussion at CGSC

Doctrine versus Technology

In the video above, virtually none of the technology, or even the tactics techniques and procedures used to attack Iwo Jima were available seven years earlier when the Marines issued their 1938 manual on landing operations.

In the interwar years the Germans and the U.S. Marine Corps developed concepts for operations (doctrine) before they developed the enabling technology.  Ultimately, the doctrine would not have been successful without the technologies that were added later.  However, without the initial doctrine the technologies may  not have ever been developed, or may have been utilized in a different way.  Is this the right way to transform?  Should doctrine always precede technology?  Are there situations where technology should precede doctrine?   Which comes first in the U.S. military today?

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Driving Transformation

A variety of factors influence transformation.  Usually, however, one factor is the initiator.  For example and obvious dangerous threat which has defeated a country in the past could be the factor which initiates  the transformation process.  Once that initiator is successful in “kick-starting” the transformation process the remaining factors interact with each other dynamically to eventually achieve the end result product of transformation.  Which of the factors was the most important for starting the transformation process during the interwar years?  In some countries and military services transformation did not occur, or failed to transform into a successful form.  In the interwar years what factor was the most important to preventing successful transformation?  The dynamics that effected transformation in the interwar years continue to effect transformation today.  Which is the most important factor effecting transformation in the U.S. military today?

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