Center of Gravity: What Clausewitz Really Meant

Strange, Joseph L.; Iron, Richard
October 2004
JFQ: Joint Force Quarterly;Autumn2004, Issue 35, p20
The armed forces have come a long way in understanding centers of gravity and critical vulnerabilities. As stated in the publication "The Joint Staff Officer's Guide," multiple centers of gravity may exist on a given level of warfare and change during a campaign. The publication states that on the strategic level, centers of gravity might include a military force, an alliance, a set of critical capabilities or functions, or national strategy itself. To understand centers of gravity, one must be grounded in the original context of the book "On War," by Carl von Clausewitz.


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