‘The Future of Manoeuvre Warfare’

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This chapter assesses the future relevance of manoeuvre warfare, a key philosophical and doctrinal concept in the debate on the effective conduct of land operations. It argues that the relevance of manoeuvre warfare is likely to be assured, although this relevance cannot be assumed to be coterminous with effectiveness. Despite its prominence, manoeuvre warfare is a contested idea. This chapter explores contending views on its future: that manoeuvre warfare might be of continued relevance, because it is context agnostic; that manoeuvre warfare might be of greatly increased relevance because of developments in the character of conflict and the emergence of concepts such as Multi-Domain Operations (MDO); or that manoeuvre warfare might be largely irrelevant to the reality of future operations, its survival saying more about military norms, values, and perceptions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvanced Land Warfare: Tactics and Operations
PublisherOxford Univerity Press; Oxford
Number of pages42
Publication statusPublished - 14 Apr 2023


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