Theories of Force Projection During the First World War

Bill Lescher

November 21, 2022

Theories of Force Projection

During World War I, theories of force projection were a major topic of debate. Some of the theories included in this article are Root’s theory of force projection, Mahan’s theory of force projection, and the American denunciation of military power projection.

Essay on expeditionary power projection

Using naval and land forces for long-distance deterrence is not new. However, technological advances have made it feasible to deploy and maintain forces on the move. The United States should reassess its expeditionary power projection capabilities.

The most basic method of power projection involves stationing a large joint force in a remote location. This method is not effective against nuclear-armed North Korea, for example. There are several pitfalls in this model. One notable problem is geographic asymmetry.

Aside from geographical asymmetry, there are several other considerations to consider. For example, the United States would need months to build a force in the threatened theatre. The United States is unlikely to make such an investment, given the constraints of a shrinking budget.

Another consideration is the ability to leverage naval and air forces to maximize the effectiveness of power projection. An aircraft carrier strike group is a notable example of this technology.

American denunciation of military power projection

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Mahan’s theories of force projection

During the late age of sail, Alfred Thayer Mahan explored the concept of sea power and force projection. He argued that a great commercial seafaring state would be a leading force in world politics.

His work influenced naval history and international relations. Leading politicians in the 1890s were impressed by his writings. He had a wide reading and powerful intelligence. He also possessed a keen sense of human behaviour in the context of war.

Mahan’s work reflected the unrest in the United States in the 1890s. This period was marked by a sharp increase in maritime transport efficiency, which increased the wealth generated from overseas commerce. The United States and other nations wished to gain access to faraway regions.

In the 1890s, the United States and France faced challenges related to national security. They were also challenged by the economic depression of the period, which began in 1893.

The “revolution in naval affairs” was attributed to the increase in industrial naval armaments. It also raised questions about the education of war command and the role of naval forces.

Root’s theory of force projection

Root’s theory of force projection during the first world war was applied to warfighting tactics. Based on the theory of law, this concept shows that the laws of the land can limit a nation’s aggression. This theory was not only used during the first world war, but it is still relevant today.

The first world war was the first time that major wars in Western and Central Europe had taken place since the Wars of German Unification ended. The war was also the first to feature airborne and fast-moving armoured divisions, two concepts that have become the standard models of military forces today. The war also saw the development of the creeping barrage, an artillery-fire technique used to project fire on a predetermined schedule.

By the end of 1914, the Western Front had stabilized into two parallel lines. On the other hand, the Eastern Front remained open and never developed into a rigid network of fortifications.