Center of Gravity: Recommendations for Joint Doctrine

Echevarria II, Antulio J.
October 2004
JFQ: Joint Force Quarterly;Autumn2004, Issue 35, p10
This article reports that the concept of center of gravity is a popular strategic theory advanced by Carl Von Clausewitz. Military transformation assigns a dominant role in doctrine to this concept despite its roots in the industrial age. Yet after more than two decades of controversy, the meaning of center of gravity remains unsettled. As a result, doctrine should be revised, in particular, Joint Pub 3-0, Doctrine for Joint Operations. The U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy typically thought in terms of a single center of gravity, which resided at the core of landpower or seapower and provided the source of physical and psychological capacity to fight. INSET: Recommendations for Joint Doctrine.


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