22nd December 2002 - Maneuver Warfare Handbook

Today I read "Maneuver Warfare Handbook" by William S. Lind. This book gives an excellent view on the historical perspective of maneuver warfare as well as it helps understand the basic concepts such as: mission-type orders which are very open and goal oriented orders, schwerpunkt which is the area in which the effort is concentrated and gaps and surface which is the enemy’s weak and strong points.

In essence, maneuver warfare is about making time-competitive observation-orientation-decision-action (OODA) cycles, which should seek to confuse and disrupt and ultimately lead the enemy to surrendering. An interesting additional side of maneuver warfare is that it requires a lot of trust between the executing parties.

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