Small Wars Journal

maneuver warfare

The Case Against Maneuver Warfare SWJED Mon, 04/01/2019 - 12:33am
Maneuver Warfare has several real weaknesses that do not translate well into the American way of war. In this essay, we will look at 2 ways in which maneuver warfare can be defined, their weaknesses, and then how America can incorporate their benefits into its own doctrine.
Meeting Demand: Making Maneuver Relevant to the 21st Century SWJED Wed, 07/05/2017 - 10:06am

Maneuver in the sense recommended in this article involves only two fundamental elements: the application of capabilities to gain advantage with respect to one or more mission-relevant parties.

Moving the Needle of Pentagon Reform Peter J. Munson Mon, 07/30/2012 - 5:51am

It does not matter if one shows courage or leadership in Iraq or Afghanistan, if they return to meekly let the military industrial complex’s moral corruption continue.

Announcement: Boyd & Beyond 2012 Conference

Wed, 05/30/2012 - 6:02am

Boyd & Beyond 2012 is the third annual meeting that honors the teachings and strategies of the late Colonel John Boyd. This diverse group gathers every year to exercise their minds and keep the vitality that was John Boyd alive. Their goal is to perpetuate and build on COL Boyd's ideas, theories, and work.

When: 12 & 13 October 2012

Where: USMC Command & Staff College, Quantico, VA

Admission is free, but you must RSVP to attend.

For more information:

  • contact Stan Coerr at

"People, ideas, hardware; in that order!"

            --  John R. Boyd, COL, USAF, Ret. (1937-1997)