Category Archives: War Studies

Ögonblicksbilder från Grundkurs Taktisk Tillämpning, Mark

Under denna vecka har vi tagit markkadetterna från Karlberg ut till Livgardet för att genomföra en kurs i Taktisk Tillämpning där andraårskadetterna får möjlighet att testa det de lärt sig teoretiskt i praktiken. På bilderna till höger ser ni exempel på både hur kursansvarig planerar dagens övningar, hur detta omsätts av kadetterna när de taktiserar, planerar och ger order samt därefter genomför det de satt sig ut att göra.

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Att leda markoperationer – en essäsamling

(NEW ESSAY COLLECTION ON “LEADING LAND OPERATIONS” in Swedish)

Övlt Daniel Rydberg och jag har sammanställt en volym med 29 essäer på temat ledning av markoperationer. Dessa är skrivna av officerare på högre officersprogrammet i samband med en kurs i markoperationer som Övlt Rydberg och jag ansvarade för (”Ledning av markoperationer”). Essäerna berör det övergripande temat ”offensivt/defensivt tänkande, människan och manövern”.

Introduktionen som även innehåller en sammanfattning av kapitlen kan du läsa här: “Att leda markoperationer”.

Mer information om volymen: http://www.diva-portal.org/smash/record.jsf?pid=diva2%3A1351839 .

Citera:
Weissmann, Mikael, and Daniel Rydberg, eds. Att leda markoperationer : En essäsamling. Stockholm: Marksektionen, Försvarshögskolan, 2019.

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Research on military tactical thinking noted by the swedish officers’ Magazine

Our recent article “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the most offensive of them all? – Explaining the offensive bias in military tactical thinking” in Defence Studies has received the attention by the Swedish Officers’ magazine “Officerstidningen”. Read an interview with my co-author LtCol Peter Ahlström here: https://www.officersforbundet.se/globalassets/pdfer/officerstidningen/2019/officerstidningen-nr-5-2019.pdf (pp. 10-11) (in Swedish).

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Practical Examination and the Examination of Practice

New article on Practical Examination and the Examination of Practice when teaching war studies to cadets and officers (and others) in The Royal Swedish Academy of War Sciences Proceedings and Journal. In Swedish, but if interested send a message.

Abstract:
The ability to lead armed combat is central to an officer. It is clear that the military professionis about more than possessing theoretical knowledge. Thus, in order to achieve an educationalprogram that includes the skills and abilities of the military profession there is a need to lookbeyond traditional written examination and apply practical examination in various forms.In this article we argue that while all practice can and should be examined through practicalexamination, not everything that is practically examined has to be practice. More specifically,this article will focus on the possibilities and limitations with practical examination. Focuswill be on the education of officers within the context of war studies. The article approachesthe issue on the basis of the legal framework for higher education in Sweden, research onteaching and learning in higher education and practice at the Swedish Defence University. Theoverall purpose is to understand practical examination with regard to what is allowed, howit is done with judicial security, and how it can be done in practice. The article also discusseswhat should be practically examined and how this should be done.

Full text här: http://fhs.diva-portal.org/smash/get/diva2:1343639/FULLTEXT01.pdf

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Hybrid warfare and hybrid threats today and tomorrow: towards an analytical framework

I just published a new article in Baltic Defence College’s Journal on Baltic Security – HYBRID WARFARE AND HYBRID THREATS TODAY AND TOMORROW: TOWARDS AN ANALYTICAL FRAMEWORK.

This article first traces the origin of hybrid warfare and the label game surrounding the concept, asking whether it is merely old wine in a new bottle, and if so, whether it is still a useful concept. It is found that while being old wine in new bottles, it is still a good wine well worth drinking. While there is not much new in the concept itself, it is a useful tool to think about past wars, today’s wars and the wars of the future. Thereafter, this paper analyses how hybrid warfare and hybrid threats are to be understood in the context of peace, conflict and war. It is shown how hybrid warfare and threats fit into our traditional understanding of conflict dynamics.

Full text (OPEN ACCESS): https://doi.org/10.2478/jobs-2019-0002

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Varför vill militären alltid gå till anfall?

Idag presenterades Övlt Peter Ahlström och min forskning kring militärt taktiskt tänkande på Försvarshögskolans hemsida i posten “Varför vill militären alltid gå till anfall?”. Artikeln återfinns här: https://www.fhs.se/arkiv/nyheter/2019-06-04-varfor-vill-militaren-alltid-ga-till-anfall.html

Forskningen bakom artikeln hittar du här:

(2019) “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the most offensive of them all? – Explaining the offensive bias in military tactical thinking”, Defence Studies, 19:2, 170-188, DOI: 10.1080/14702436.2019.1599287

(2017) “Endast genom anfall kan ett avgörande nås : Varför dominerar offensiven militärt taktiskt tänkande?”, Kungl Krigsvetenskapsakademiens Handlingar och Tidskrift, (2), pp. 6–18. Available at: http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-6960

(2018) “Offensivens roll i taktiskt tänkande : Slaget vid Caporetto 1917”, in Tankar om defensiven. Stockholm: Kungl Krigsvetenskapsakademien och Försvarshögskolan, pp. 14–24. Available at: http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-7309.

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Symposium – Hybrid Warfare in Georgia and Ukraine

Today my college Dr. Niklas Nilsson spoke on Hybrid Warfare in Ukraine and Georgia at the Royal Swedish Academy of War Sciences [Kungl Krigsvetenskapsakademin (KKrVA)].

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