What are Fifth Dimension Operations?

Introduction The Fifth Dimension of Warfare complements the four classical dimensions: land, sea, air, and space. It was enunciated in 1995 as information operations. Core US Military Doctrine This is part of core US military doctrine, that recognises at least five dimensions, or ‘domains of warfare’ for which it is responsible: The origin of the… Read More


A Brief Overview of the Principles of Sustainment

Introduction Principles of sustainment or principles of logistics are a set of military principles from the United States Army doctrine. They are essential to maintaining combat power, enabling strategic and operational reach, and providing US Army forces with endurance. While these principles are independent, they are also interrelated. US Army Doctrine Publication 4-0, published 31… Read More

A Brief Overview of the Principles of War

Introduction Principles of war are rules and guidelines that represent truths in the practice of war and military operations. The earliest known principles of war were documented by Sun Tzu, circa 500 BCE, as well as Chanakya in his Arthashastra circa 350BCE. Machiavelli published his “General Rules” in 1521 which were themselves modeled on Vegetius’… Read More

What was the Strategy of the Central Position?

Introduction The strategy of the central position (French: stratégie de la position centrale) was a key tactical doctrine followed by Napoleon in the Napoleonic Wars. Outline The doctrine involved attacking two cooperating armies at their hinge, swinging around to fight one until it fled, then turning to face the other. The strategy allowed the use… Read More

An Overview of Russian Military Deception

Introduction Russian military deception, sometimes known as maskirovka (Russian: маскировка, lit. ’disguise’), is a military doctrine developed from the start of the 20th century. The doctrine covers a broad range of measures for military deception, from camouflage to denial and deception. Deceptive measures include concealment, imitation with decoys and dummies, manoeuvres intended to deceive, denial, and… Read More

What was a Deep Operation?

Introduction Deep operation (Russian: Глубокая операция, glubokaya operatsiya), also known as Soviet Deep Battle, was a military theory developed by the Soviet Union for its armed forces during the 1920s and 1930s. It was a tenet that emphasized destroying, suppressing or disorganising enemy forces not only at the line of contact but also throughout the… Read More

What is the Dahiya Doctrine?

Introduction The Dahiya doctrine, or Dahya doctrine, is a military strategy of asymmetric warfare, outlined by former Israel Defence Forces (IDF) Chief of General Staff Gadi Eizenkot, which encompasses the destruction of the civilian infrastructure of regimes deemed to be hostile as a measure calculated to deny combatants the use of that infrastructure and endorses… Read More