What are Interior Lines?

Introduction Interior lines (as opposed to exterior lines) is a military term, derived from the generic term line of operation or line of movement (a term invented by 19th century Swiss-French officer and prominent author Antoine-Henri Jomini). The term “interior lines” is commonly used to illustrate, describe, and analyse the various possible routes (lines) of… Read More

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What is Military Deception?

Introduction Military deception (MILDEC) is an attempt by a military unit to gain an advantage during warfare by misleading adversary decision makers into taking action or inaction that creates favourable conditions for the deceiving force. This is usually achieved by creating or amplifying an artificial fog of war via psychological operations, information warfare, visual deception,… Read More

What are Infiltration Tactics?

Introduction In warfare, infiltration tactics involve small independent light infantry forces advancing into enemy rear areas, bypassing enemy frontline strongpoints, possibly isolating them for attack by follow-up troops with heavier weapons. Soldiers take the initiative to identify enemy weak points and choose their own routes, targets, moments and methods of attack; this requires a high… Read More

What are Distributed Operations (US)?

Introduction Distributed Operations (DO) is a war-fighting concept drafted by the United States Marine Corps and developed primarily by their Warfighting Laboratory as a response to the changing environment of the Global War on Terror. Adaptive enemies and a more complex environment were seen as requiring conventional forces to maintain the ability to decentralise decision… Read More

What is the Journal of the Military Operations Research Society of Korea?

Introduction The Journal of the Military Operations Research Society of Korea is a peer-reviewed academic journal run by the Military Operations Research Society in South Korea. Outline It features both English and Korean articles in the areas of Military strategy, operations research, political economy, and case analyses. Founded in 1975, it is one of the… Read More

What is (Military) Intent?

Introduction For military strategy, Intent is the desired outcome of a military operation. It is a key concept in 21st century military operations and is a vital element to facilitate subordinates’ initiative and collaboration and cooperation amongst team members in joint operations. Intent Content In the reviewed open military doctrine literature intent is a critical… Read More

What is a US Army Strategist?

Introduction United States Army Strategist or Functional Area 59 or FA59 is a functional area of the United States Army. While the US military and Army has had strategic thinkers throughout its history, the United States Army’s FA59 career field emerged in the late 1990’s with its first cohort beginning duty in 2001, partially due… Read More