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  Attrition warfare - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Attrition warfare is a strategic concept which states that to win a war, one's enemy must be worn down to the point of collapse by continuous losses in personnel and materiel.
In the sense that attrition warfare represents an attempt to grind down an opponent through superior numbers, it represents the opposite of the usual principles of war, where one attempts to achieve decisive victories through maneuver, concentration of force, surprise, and so forth.
On the other hand, a side which perceives itself to be at a marked disadvantage in maneuver warfare or unit tactics may deliberately seek out attrition warfare to neutralize its opponent's advantages.
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 War - Facts, Information, and Encyclopedia Reference article
Asymmetrical warfare is a conflict between two populations of drastically different levels of military mechanization.
A conventional war is a war where nuclear or biological weapons are not used, whereas, unconventional warfare (nuclear warfare) is a war where such weapons are used.
As warfare shift back to the time when civilizations, cultures and religions attempted to obliterate their opponents, soldiers will have to understand the complex nature of the conflicts that surround them and state-based armies will have to undergo massive changes.
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The next epoch of warfare was attrition warfare, also referred to as second generation warfare.
The premise behind maneuver warfare is to bypass non-essential areas and targets while maintaining a focus on affecting the enemy’s center of gravity.
In a type of social Darwinism, warfare has evolved a fourth generation, a tactic where non-state sponsored “actors” can play with the “big boys.” Fourth generation warfare can be subdivided into two separate categories that are differentiated by their intended target.
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 The Forum of the 1.Jagdmoroner Abteilung - Attrition or manouvre?
Attrition is aimed at the enemy's strengths (or mass) while manouvre warfare targets weakness (or balance).
Attrition is a comparison of and competition between muscles, where the strongest side usually prevail, whereas manouvre warfare is a comparison of and competition between brains with the smartest side usually coming out on top.
During WWI attrition was raised to the doctrinal level with Rawlinson's "bite-and-hold" strategy of taking a valuable piece of real estate and making the enemy "pay" in bodies to regain it and combining economic warfare to wear down the opposition.
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 Maneuver Warfare And OTH Amphibious Assaults
If maneuver warfare is to be successfully applied to amphibious operations, the Navy must take the effort to overcome an entrenched habit of thinking solely in tactical terms and visualize the operation in its entirety at the operational level of war.
If maneuver warfare is to be successfully applied to amphibious operations, the Navy must take the effort to overcome an entrenched habit of thinking solely in tactical terms of the sea and ground operations, and visualize the amphibious operation in its entirety at the operational level of war.
Because maneuver warfare places a higher premium on the operational level of war, the CATF is also faced with the challenge of operating simultaneously at the tactical and operational levels of war.
www.globalsecurity.org /military/library/report/1989/PT.htm   (3061 words)

 The Hindu Business Line : The battle of attrition between labour and the BPO industry
Attrition is very much in the air, it seems, because US Airways has said that it is hoping to reduce its employee count through attrition, according to a recent report on http://msnbc.msn.com.
Employee or labour turnover is "the number of employees leaving over a period of time as a percentage of average number of employees of the period of time," says www.businessbureau-uk.co.uk and discusses the different formulae for computation of the measure.
Such as, that the cost of attrition to a company is 70 per cent of an employee's annual salary, or 27 per cent of the company's operating expenses; and that `50-60 per cent of the attrition is because of bad hiring alone'.
www.thehindubusinessline.com /2005/10/05/stories/2005100500271100.htm   (1356 words)

 Grant, Vicksburg & Modern War
The practitioner of attrition warfare seeks “destruction of the enemy’s mass,” attempting to overpower the enemy or to erode his force by confronting his strength with strength.
In short, position warfare theory seeks to defeat the enemy through capture of key points upon which he depends, while attrition warfare theory seeks to defeat the enemy through the destruction or capture of his main body.
Central to maneuver warfare theory is the concept of dislocation.
www.military.com /forums/0,15240,115699,00.html   (1277 words)

 Maneuver Warfare
Warfare by attrition pursues victory through the cumulative destruction of the enemy’s material assets by superior firepower.
Attrition warfare recognizes the importance of maneuver, but only so far as to bring fires more efficiently to bear on the enemy.
Maneuver warfare is a warfighting philosophy that seeks to shatter the enemy’s cohesion through a variety of rapid, focused, and unexpected actions, which create a turbulent and rapidly deteriorating situation, with which the enemy cannot cope.
www.iwar.org.uk /military/resources/aspc/text/os/manwarm.htm   (485 words)

 israelinsider: Attrition, annihilationand the end of Israel
Military analysts customarily distinguish between wars of attrition and wars of annihilation.
Recognizing the synergies between these components, Israel's state and nonstate adversaries have learned that attrition is the optimal staging ground for eventual annihilation of the Jewish State.
What this means is that preventing Israel's annihilation requires not only an awareness of preparatory attrition warfare by various enemies, but also observable Israeli preparations for the annihilation of Israel's enemies.
www.israelinsider.com /views/articles/views_0008.htm   (740 words)

 Types of War
Attrition Warfare seeks to minimize the risk by using a formula.
Maneuver Warfare allows a smaller force to defeat a larger one because the smaller force concentrates its firepower on a specific enemy weakness.
Maneuver Warfare recognizes that the enemy soldier is intelligent and is not a simple stupid automaton.
www.military-sf.com /typesofwar.htm   (2309 words)

 Hughes   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Naval Warfare, U.S. Naval Doctrine Publication 1, says, "Maneuver warfare, based on the twin pillars of decisiveness and rapidity, is our preferred style of warfighting." By way of elaboration, NDP 1 specifies four key concepts of modern maneuver warfare: center of gravity, critical vulnerability, focus of effort, and main effort.
The object of naval warfare is the control of communications, and not, as in land warfare, the conquest of territory.
I leave it to the sages of land warfare to argue whether the deep, flanking attack on the left was operational maneuver warfare or merely operational maneuver in war.
www.nwc.navy.mil /press/Review/1997/summer/art2su97.htm   (10044 words)

Attrition implies that one side uses its superior manpower, finances, and industrial advantages to wear down the enemy until it surrenders.
Lee could not survive a war of attrition and it is questionable to insinuate that his plan was to attrit Grant’s army.
It was Grant who all but defined the concept of attrition warfare by seeking open battle.
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 The Non-Linear Dynamics of War: By Dr. Linda P. Beckerman
Attrition warfare is often modeled as a linear process.
Actual attrition warfare, rarely strictly linear, tends to be discussed by many professionals as if it were.
An example of this would be a nation that solely uses attrition warfare to achieve its aims, regardless of the perturbation and underlying conditions (e.g.
www.belisarius.com /modern_business_strategy/beckerman/non_linear.htm   (5643 words)

 MechWarrior4: Multiplayer combat tactics and procedures   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
They form the foundation of maneuver warfare tactics and must be part of the culture of a team, it is not a fighting style that can be switched on and off as the need seems fit.
Attrition is a method of battle where the aim is to swap your losses for enemy losses on a favorable ratio.
It is a risky style of combat as the winner of an attrition battle is usually the side with the greater numbers or firepower to throw into the battle but the advantage needs to be significant to have an impact on the fight.
www.dropshipcommand.com /field_manual/mw4/adv_mw4.html   (17383 words)

Attrition warfare is, in essence, the total lack of strategy.
Since the WW I Battle of Verdun - which was a battle of attrition and, by common acknowledgement, the most stupidly fought battle of the most stupidly fought war in history - attrition warfare has been universally considered discredited by military strategists.
Warfare by committee is, as it has always been, a prescription for disaster.
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 Warfighting, Brought to You by John Boyd
Colonel Boyd's ideas on warfare could be categorized, according to William S. Lind, et al., in their article, "The Changing Face of War: Into the Fourth Generation," as the third generation of warfare.
Fourth-generation warfare will be characterized by an "increased reliance on irregular/urban combat, with intermingling of friendly, hostile and neutral parties."9 According to defense analyst Franklin C. Spinney, "the rise of fourth generation warfare implies an increased need for irregular warfighting skills.
After experiencing the futility of attrition warfare as a platoon commander in Vietnam, he secured permission to change the way tactics were being instructed at AWS and commenced teaching free-playing war games in lieu of lecture.
www.d-n-i.net /fcs/cowan_proceedings.htm   (3012 words)

 5 May 2002
Second generation warfare, as defined by the authors and condensed here, was in response to the technological improvements in firepower and communications, particularly the railroad.
The authors were of the opinion that second generation warfare is “...still practiced by most American units in the field.” Tactically, World War I, as practiced by the French and British, and Vietnam, as practiced by the Americans, were second generation warfare.
Third generation warfare was also seen as a response to the increasing firepower on the battlefield.
www.emergency.com /2002/4gw5may02.htm   (8497 words)

 The Last 100 Yards
But, the techniques of maneuver warfare are often different from those of attrition warfare, as The Last Hundred Yards correctly argues.
For example, in attrition warfare, the assault is based on two elements, and the purpose is to take the objective.
In maneuver warfare, the assault uses three elements, and the purpose is to pass through the objective and continue to advance deep into the enemy’s rear.
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 The Operational Art of Computer Intrusion
The three techniques fundamental to maneuver warfare are preemption, dislocation, and disruption.
By crossing maneuver warfare theory over from the military to the computer worlds, crackers are exploiting computer security weaknesses.
Unfortunately, many of the lessons to be gained from maneuver warfare theory cannot be easily applied in computer defense.
www.kickidle.com /articles/warfare.htm   (2175 words)

 friendly printed version:Reshaping the Military for Asymmetric Warfare
This style of war-fighting tends to be linear and slow moving, relying on masses of men and material to physically crush (albeit not necessarily through frontal assaults) or threatening to crush an opponent.
The objective of this kind of warfare is to collapse the opponent's will to fight early (ideally, even before becoming decisively engaged) by introducing chaos into his intelligence/surveillance-evaluation/command-action/ reaction processes.
They are likely to use either third-generation maneuver warfare (with regular armed forces) or, more likely, fourth-generation irregular warfare (with irregular attacks on vulnerable military units, population, infrastructure, culture, and institutions).
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 AEF - "Joint Aerospace Power: A New National Strategy"
Despite this ominous and uncertain politico-military landscape, the protestations of die-hard attrition warfare traditionalists, the nation’s public and political leadership increasingly demand a new way of doing our still vital military business.
It is the purpose of this monograph to advance the cause of change in our military doctrine and strategy and explore alternatives to the traditional ground force, attrition warfare centered way of doing our military business.
The second view, held by surface warfare attrition traditionalists, maintains that land warfare is the irreplaceable centerpiece of military operations even in the politically correct era.
www.afa.org /AEF/pub/eaker/jap.asp   (1639 words)

 On Strategy and War   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
In this case, attrition was the proper strategy for the Allies, and won the war for us.
In attrition warfare, soldiers are going to find themselves helpless because they are wounded or dead.
Maneuver warfare isn't necessarily the best way to win a war, but if possible it is the best way to set up the peace.
www.visi.com /~thornley/david/military/strategy/onetrue.html   (666 words)

A Doctrine of Bloodlust:
The Problem With Attrition Warfare
Normally, Ralph Peters essay “In Praise of Attrition” would have died a deservedly obscure death.
The belief that attrition, as an objective or a result, is inherently negative is simply wrong.
All wars in which bullets—or arrows—fly are wars of attrition.
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