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The definition of war in the 21st century
Material posted: Publication date: 20-02-2011

Review of the twenty-first annual conference on the strategy of the Institute of strategic studies Army war College, April 6-8, 2010. The conference was attended by over 150 leading military theorists and strategists. The conference has become one of those venues that sounded problematic issues and research priorities relating to the nature and character of war in the 21st century. As part of this review provides a summary of the issues and problems discussed at the conference, the understanding of which requires on the reader's familiarity with basic elements and conceptual apparatus of Western military culture and strategy.

The collapse of the bipolar world and the resulting shifts in the geopolitical landscape was initiated in the intellectual circles of the West, dealing with issues of national security, the debate about the nature and character of war and strategy in the new era. The changing security environment of the 21st century requires continuous reflection and development of concepts, to understanding of new and old threats. And if earlier the theoretical basis of the sphere of NB retained its relevance for many years and even decades, by the late 20th century, the picture radically changes when the emergence of new concepts and even frames became the norm. We can mention, for example, the Network paradigm, settentrione concepts, network and hybrid warfare, cyber warfare, complex operations, etc.

A number of theorists involved in the theory of war and strategy (strategists), believe that modern warfare is qualitatively different from the past, and in traditionalandTorrevieja war (wayofwar) is outdated and does not correspond to the security environment of the 21st century. As a result, the military organization of the state and the sphere of NB as a whole need radical transformation. Adherents of the traditional view of the war focus on the changing nature and forms of war in the immutability of its nature. According to them there is a kind of intellectual fashion, which should not touch the fundamentals, the principles of war and strategy, narabatyvaya for thousands of years. There is no doubt and which is not objected by the representatives of both approaches is the critical importance of the sites, where there would be discussions, allowing the military and political elites deeper understanding of the challenges and threats of the new era.

Since the end of 2009, you can see the growth in the number of publications devoted to questions of Grand strategy, of war and military strategy. This fact can be regarded as an indicator of the increased activity of the intellectual circles of the West in conceptualization of the experience gained in the framework of the last decade of military campaigns. One of the important events in this range is, of course, held April 6-8, 2010 twenty-first annual conference on strategy (twenty-firstAnnualStrategyConference) Institute of strategic studies[1] on "Defining war for the 21st century". The conference was attended by over 150 leading military theorists and strategists. The conference has become one of those venues that sounded problematic issues and research priorities relating to the nature and character of war in the 21st century[2]. As part of this review provides a summary of the issues and problems discussed at the conference, the understanding of which requires on the reader's familiarity with basic elements and conceptual apparatus of Western military culture and strategy



[1] the Institute of strategic studies, Army war College (StrategicStudiesInstitute (SSI) U.S. ArmyWarCollege) research experience in the areas of strategy and national security, the results of which are used directly by the army command and the Ministry of defense, serving as a bridge between these structures and the wider scientific and expert community strategy. The staff of the Institute includes civilian professors, engaged in research work, officers in active service, and required service components.

[2] the power of the Network, in this case Youtube, which were exhibited 22 of the report of the conference, allow to come into contact with the intellectual atmosphere that prevailed at the conference. 17 January 2011 http://www.youtube.com/user/USArmyWarCollege#grid/user/329BDBF4A6812CE7

 

The content

Introduction

Main report

The first panel. Historical Context

The second panel. Entry into the war

The third panel. The end of the war

Fourth panel. Veterans

A fifth panel. Military law

The sixth panel. The use of a changing understanding of the war

Conclusions

Bibliography

A brief overview of the speakers

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