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Maneuver warfare, often controversial and requiring operational and tactical innovation, poses perhaps the most important doctrinal questions currently facing the conventional military forces of the U.S. Its purpose is to defeat the enemy by disrupting the opponent's ability to react, rather than by physical destruction of forces. This book develops and explains the theory Maneuver warfare, often controversial and requiring operational and tactical innovation, poses perhaps the most important doctrinal questions currently facing the conventional military forces of the U.S. Its purpose is to defeat the enemy by disrupting the opponent's ability to react, rather than by physical destruction of forces. This book develops and explains the theory of maneuver warfare and offers specific tactical, operational, and organizational recommendations for improving ground combat forces. The authors translate concepts—too often vaguely stated by manuever warfare advocates—into concrete doctrine. Although the book uses the Marine Corps as a model, the concepts, tactics, and doctrine discussed apply to any ground combat force.

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Maneuver warfare, often controversial and requiring operational and tactical innovation, poses perhaps the most important doctrinal questions currently facing the conventional military forces of the U.S. Its purpose is to defeat the enemy by disrupting the opponent's ability to react, rather than by physical destruction of forces. This book develops and explains the theory Maneuver warfare, often controversial and requiring operational and tactical innovation, poses perhaps the most important doctrinal questions currently facing the conventional military forces of the U.S. Its purpose is to defeat the enemy by disrupting the opponent's ability to react, rather than by physical destruction of forces. This book develops and explains the theory of maneuver warfare and offers specific tactical, operational, and organizational recommendations for improving ground combat forces. The authors translate concepts—too often vaguely stated by manuever warfare advocates—into concrete doctrine. Although the book uses the Marine Corps as a model, the concepts, tactics, and doctrine discussed apply to any ground combat force.

30 review for Maneuver Warfare Handbook

  1. 5 out of 5

    James

    More relevant than ever now that the Cold War is over and most current and future warfare is low-tech and low-firepower, the rest of the world having drawn the reasonable conclusion that the American military is unbeatable at high-intensity high-tech war. Lind argued against the shaping of defense organization and strategy driven by the desire of defense contractors to sell complicated and expensive weapons and equipment, rather than by what best fits a situation. Currently we have a situation i More relevant than ever now that the Cold War is over and most current and future warfare is low-tech and low-firepower, the rest of the world having drawn the reasonable conclusion that the American military is unbeatable at high-intensity high-tech war. Lind argued against the shaping of defense organization and strategy driven by the desire of defense contractors to sell complicated and expensive weapons and equipment, rather than by what best fits a situation. Currently we have a situation in which our troops are fighting against guerrilla insurgencies in Iraq and Afghanistan, against enemies armed with small arms and IEDs, but our government is neglecting the basic body and vehicle armor and small arms they need while continuing to spend billions on nuclear submarines, stealth fighters, and so on. I took courses from Lind at the Marine Corps University in Quantico in 1990 and 1991, while attending the USMC Command and Control Systems Course as an active-duty officer, and read this as the text in his "History of Military Reform" class. It's more relevant now than it was then. A very useful read for anyone who wants to gain a broader perspective on military policy.

  2. 4 out of 5

    John Davis

    Clear and concise explanation of core principles of maneuver warfare with an excellent annotated bibliography. I have not yet finished the academy lectures at the end of the book, but Lind's portions immediately suggested a number of ideas in my own field.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Aleksander

    Külma sõja lõpul kirja pandud käsiraamat, mis lisaks manööversõja õpetamisele oli ka üleskutse reformideks USMC-s ja Armees laiemalt, seda just manöövrisõja poolelt. Selleks, et teosest maksimaalselt kasu saada, peab seda lugema mitu korda järjest, ise hoolega pidevalt märkmeid tehes. Raamat on küll lühike, aga kaanest kaaneni täis kasulikke teadmisi nii kaitseväelastele kui ka kaitseliitlastele, tegelikult kõigile.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chris Hall

    Good quick summary for the intermediate student. The tactical problems at the rear of the book are dry reading, but the lectures and main text are enjoyable.

  5. 4 out of 5

    TK Keanini

    Lind was influenced by Col John Boyd and this is how I came to know this book. This is the classic understanding of Maneuver Warfare. I hope to have the time to learn more about this domain. Reading a terrain map, applying new theories, hours and hours of fun.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Bubesh Kumar

    Excellent intro to Maneuver warfare. The lecture scripts appended in the book makes the concepts easy to understand.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jerry

    Decent introduction to the concepts of maneuver warfare. Includes a set of lectures that were given at the USMC AW school in addition to Lind's work.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jeroen

    Very interesting stuff..., rather a dull read however... Once fully read and sunken in it offers a great deal of valuable information

  9. 4 out of 5

    Darrell E.

    This is a great primer on mission command and adaptive leader training.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ma Rek

    Useful if you are at least squadleader, for average tommy its a little to complicated.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Krishnan Rgp

    Recommended. Sheds light on need of d hr requirements in d organisation. Amply clarifies some commonly used terms for d benefit of young warriors.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    Maybe the best handbook out there....

  13. 5 out of 5

    Eskild Walnum

    The foundation of our current maneuver doctrine, must read

  14. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Telle

  15. 4 out of 5

    Wilson

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ayaz Rzayev

  17. 4 out of 5

    Apollo

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jim Howell

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kolya

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dave

  21. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

  22. 5 out of 5

    Greg Thiele

  23. 5 out of 5

    EM

  24. 4 out of 5

    CountVicta

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jacob

  26. 4 out of 5

    Eero Kullerkann

  27. 5 out of 5

    Otto Ulfbehrt

  28. 5 out of 5

    John

  29. 5 out of 5

    David

  30. 5 out of 5

    Joe MB

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