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Principer i konflikt
Swedish Defence University.
2017 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Background: The principles of war have a central but debated role in modern doctrine with heritage dating back to Sun Tzu. Despite that the principles are used in several modern doctrines, there is surprisingly little research to be found on these principles. The principles of security and surprise, are both argued as being key components in amphibious operations, though can also be seen as contradictory.

Method: This thesis explores the principles of war by studying the theory of security, developing a theory with a set of success factors. These factors consist of physical protection, information supremacy and reserves. Hypothetically, the presence of these factors explains the outcome of amphibious raids. The theory is examined in a qualitative text analysis on two case studies on the raids on St Nazaire and Makin Island where the success factors are tested by a deductive dihedral design. The results open for a final discussion in comparison with Jimmy Johansson’s research of the principle of surprise previously made on the same raids.

Results: The results show that security, through the presence of success factors, is positively affecting the outcome of amphibious raids, though further research is necessary. Security and surprise although contradictory can work in synergy with a successful surprise element leading to increased security and information supremacy a prerequisite for surprise. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 32 p.
Keyword [en]
security, surprise, principles of war, conflict, contradiction
Keyword [sv]
Säkerhet, krigföringsprincip, överraskning, konflikt, krigföringens principer, motsägelsefulla
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-6839OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-6839DiVA: diva2:1123252
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War Studies, Thesis
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Available from: 2017-09-25 Created: 2017-07-12 Last updated: 2017-09-25Bibliographically approved

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