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Phillip S. Meilinger

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780813178899

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813178899.001.0001

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The Mutable Nature of War

The Mutable Nature of War

(p.41) 3 The Mutable Nature of War
Thoughts on War

Phillip S. Meilinger

University Press of Kentucky

The third chapter was written after listening to several ground officers and historians argue that the nature of war was unchanging and immutable. One stated that war as experienced by an ancient Greek hoplite was the same as for any soldier today in Iraq or Afghanistan. That statement bears examination. Such attitudes are almost always expressed by those who know only of land warfare—which they equate to war in general. For sailors, aviators, space or cyber warfare practitioners, the experience of war is fundamentally different, especially today. New methods, but also old ones too often ignored, clearly demonstrate that war is indeed mutable.

Keywords:   Carl von Clausewitz, On War, nature of war, land warfare, military culture, battle, technology and war, cyber attack, airpower, naval blockade, drone warfare

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