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Center of Gravity, Operational Art of War Book
Center of Gravity
Strategy, Operational Art and Maneuver Warfare
© 2001
347 pages; 15 chapters and 3 appendix
The world of diplomacy, espionage and power politics is currently wrestling with
an understanding of strategy,
operational art and maneuver warfare.
Utilizing clear examples from the architects of modern conflict philosophies,
Center of Gravity explains the contribution and meaning of Sun Tzu,
Napoleon, Von Clausewitz, Liddell Hart, Tuckhachevsky, and other
contributors to the art and science of modern warfighting.
Maneuver warfare is explained along with Operational Art, Deep Battle,
Blitzkreig, and other concepts
that few readers fully understand. All
aspects of the Schwerpunkt and other expert warfighting tools are described,
Center of Gravity, as never before. The reader will become privy to the
often arcane, but lethally effective, lore of
maneuver warfare, which has never been mastered by conventional
American army generals. The differences between Clausewitz and Sun Tzu will be illuminated, with a clarity unfound
in most modern attempts at explanation.
Center of Gravity explains the interplay of intelligence, deception, deep
battle, simultaneity, logistics and sustainability in that mosaic of warfighting, known as
operational art
, will be made clear to you, the reader.
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"The French military genius, Napoleon Bonaparte, is a historical figure of supreme importance to the development of
twentieth century maneuver warfare. He is both the father of strategy and the most excellent historical
model for
maneuver warfare. His combat skill at an infinite variety of force deployments and maneuvers has never
been . His combat skill at an infinite variety of force deployments and maneuvers has never been equaled. That skill
enabled been equaled. That skill enabled him to overrun most of Europe in a few years. Few commanders of any era
can match Napoleon in military insight or combat experience; he commanded over sixty battles. When he led his army
groups into Russia in 1812, Napoleon led the largest, best-organized army the world had seen in either the 18th or
19th His twelve all-arms corps (many the size of armies), one artillery corps, and his four cavalry corps (45,000
horsemen), included an elite Imperial Guard of over 75,000 men. With 614,000 infantry, 152,000 cavalry and 1,266
guns, Napoleon's army group had a higher mobility ratio, 40% cavalry, than did Adolph Hitler's forces that invaded
Russia 129 years later.”     

Operational Art is not simply a form of warfare, which occurs at a certain level of warfighting. It is also a complex
composite of several interrelated combat factors that are synchronized on the battlefield. If any of these factors are not
managed properly, then the success of
Operational Art is jeopardized. The two most important concomitant factors of
Operational Art are intelligence and reconnaissance.”
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