Naval War College Review


The American way of war is characterized by the use of overwhelming force and a search for technological advantage.t This appears to be a logical approach, given a political need to limit the duration of a conflict and minimize casualties. This style of warfare, however, is not applicable to every type of con flict. Although technology has certainly enhanced the conduct of war in many ways, it remains only a tool, useful in certain applications. In addition, the United States cannot be assured of overwhelming strength or technological advantage at the commencement of hostilities. Therefore, U.S. military officers must reflect carefully on the roles and limitations of technology in warfare; the concept of "center of gravity" can help.