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Överraskning - Principernas enda sanning: En kvalitativ flerfallstudie om överraskningens applicerbarhet på den marina arenan
Swedish National Defence College, Department of Military Studies, War Studies Division, Sektionen för marina operationer (KV Marin). Håkan Fornander.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Many officers have been educated in warfare principles as a tool in interpreting battle and its environments. The questioning of principles, however, and their application to war have been revealed by some great theorists. There are those who claim that there is only one true principle in war, the principle of surprise. This paper examines the principle of surprise, with five recognized theorists’ views of surprise, in the context of maritime operations. In order to create a gathered picture of the principle as a basis to further reading, the principle is made practical by creating components and guidelines within surprise, which may be used as such by an officer before a surprise operation. From the principle the author highlights eight individual components; intelligence, physical mobility, intellectual effectivity, disinformation, professionalism, discretion, originality and favorable circumstances; all within a maritime context. To further examine the principle, the components are tested in ten separate cases and are evaluated in their individual importance to accomplishing a successful surprise.

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Keyword [en]
Surprise principle
Keyword [sv]
Överraskning principer Sun Zi Clausewitz Jomini Erfurth Collins
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-5503OAI: diva2:826477
Subject / course
War Studies Thesis
Educational program
Officersprogrammet (OP)
Available from: 2015-07-01 Created: 2015-06-24 Last updated: 2015-08-04Bibliographically approved

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