Protracted Conflict in Central Europe: A Conceptual Analysis
This Note explores protracted war in Europe, defined as war lasting longer than 30 days; examines some possible pathways to such a war; hypothesizes the general phases that might constitute a protracted war; and discusses the political and military problems that national leaderships and military commanders might face in such a conflict. Keywords: Central Europe; Warfare; Conventional warfare; Scenarios; Periodicals; Reports; Threats; Military publications; Threat evaluation. (EG).
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