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Krigföringens grundprinciper i marina asymmetriska konflikter
Swedish Defence University. (Kadetter)
2019 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The principles of war have been institutionalised in the western world’s military doctrines despite many scientists and military officers having questioned them for a long time. They believe the principles are too broad, unspecific and even invalid. So why are they used in military education and why can they be found in doctrines?

The purpose of this study is to examine if the principles of war could explain the outcome of asymmetric maritime conflicts.  Liddell Hart´s theory regarding the principles of war will be analysed through two cases, the battle of Latakia in the Yom Kippur war and the Sea tigers in the Sri Lankan civil war. Liddell Hart´s theory is based on analysing primarily land warfare, yet the principles of war are considered universal in all military arenas. Therefore, the theory should be applicable to maritime warfare.

The analysis shows that the principles security and mobility could be identified to a lesser extent in the Sri Lankan case. However, in the case of the Battle of Latakia, the principles of concentration and surprise are identified to a lesser extent. The conclusion being that there could be a difference between irregular and regular forces regarding the use of the principles. Liddell Hart´s theory can explain the outcome of asymmetric maritime warfare because all four principles have been identified in both cases, however, in varying degrees.

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2019. , p. 40
Keywords [sv]
Liddell Hart, krigföringens grundprinciper, sjötigrarna, Israel, asymmetriska konflikter, framgång
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-8557OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-8557DiVA, id: diva2:1319666
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Available from: 2019-07-15 Created: 2019-06-03 Last updated: 2019-07-15Bibliographically approved

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