Lessons To Be Learned From the Study of Warfare Essay

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New and innovative ideas have proven to be instrumental in lifelong learning but there is a great deal to be learned from the study of military history. Today’s military encourages and requires a new way of doing business. Commanders at all levels offer civilian employees incentives for creative ideas to solving problems and encourage service members to “think outside of the box”; business as usual is not the ‘group think’ anymore. But as spoken in the words of General Douglas MacArthur, “…But research does bring to light those fundamental principles and their combinations and applications, which in the past, have been productive of success. These principles have not limitation of time. Consequently the army extends its analytical…show more content…
Napoleon’s ability to shift paradigms was as innovative as the concepts in which he implemented. Another example of innovation is the use of the English longbow in the fourteenth-century; “a weapon basically similar to the wood selfbows in use since the Neolithic age, but longer, with a heavier draw weight (and more power) than earlier weapons.” The long bow is an example of innovation that required extensive training but was quite effective…until the next innovative idea was born i.e. gun powder. Because warfare has become more lethal and unconventional with each reiteration of conflict, it is essential to the survival of military forces to continue to develop products that provide an advantage on the battlefield. Innovation is followed, in many cases, by some level of failure or lag in cultural acceptance. It is therefore prudent to review lessons of tenacity from a historical perspective. Tenacity could be considered a core value for historical leaders many years ago and tenacity is vital to military professionals today. Current conflicts in irregular wars demand frequent deployments that put a strain on military units almost to the brink of their culmination point. History shows that tenacity is a virtue especially when reviewing the military
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