Carl von Clausewitz as the Father of Modern Military Strategy

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As modern military historians debate on the founder of military strategy, two military theorists emerge in the period after the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic War: the Prussian Carl von Clausewitz and the Swiss Antoine-Henri Jomini. In modern military philosophy, the theoretical traditions established by each of these military theorist has significantly impacted our military thinking and their teaching has become essential in the education of modern military leaders. Clausewitz and Jomini have become required reading for today's military professional officer. Frequently, these military theorists are often presented as opposite each other in terms of military theory; however, these two individuals are mere contemporaries who …show more content…
Accordingly, modern military strategy is derived from policy and political objectives, which remains the sole authority for all operations in warfare. Comprehensively, strategy is the planning, coordination, and general conduct of military operations to meet overall political and military objectives; furthermore tactics, facilitate strategic objectives through the implementation of temporary operational decisions on the movement of troops and employment of weapons on the battlefield. In contrast to his contemporaries, Clausewitz’s position on strategy was fundamental to modern military strategy in that he recognized the political character of war, reinforcing the concept that war is not an autonomous or isolated act but rather an instrument of policy. As Peter Paret expresses, “Policy in On War—the German word Politik may mean either policy or politics—refers to those political acts that lead to war, determine its purpose, influence its conduct, and bring about it termination.” In accordance with this position strategy, the only source of war is policy and the political intercourse of governments and peoples, presenting war, and strategy for that matter, as the means to such political endeavors. In this regard, Clausewitz’s early

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