Le’ Notes #2: The Centre of Gravity

This post discusses the centre of gravity as a concept and the confusion surrounding it, while also pondering whether or not we still need a concept of the COG in modern warfare.

Out of the dominant characteristics of both belligerents “a certain center of gravity develops, the hub of all power and movement, on which everything depends.  That is the point against which all our energies should be directed. – Clausewitz, On War, Book VIII, 595-596

First formulated by the great Clausewitz, the term “centre of gravity” or Schwerpunkt, which I will shorten to COG, has become one of the most debated terms in military strategy. Much intellectual energy has been spent on debating the definition of a COG to whether or not the COG is still relevant to today’s strategy.  Continue reading “Le’ Notes #2: The Centre of Gravity”

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