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The degree to which the provisions were made has varied with the nature and magnitude of the particular threat. Until technology reduced the distance separating the United States from the Old World, the forces in being could be, and were, small. At the same time the deep-seated American reluctance to devote a large proportion of the national wealth to Page 15 the support of a standing military force played an important part in the development of a system based upon a small professional nucleus that could be expanded in time of need by the induction of citizen soldiers.
Even on the defensive the commander seeks every opportunity to seize the initiative and achieve decisive results by offensive action. Mass. Superior combat power must be concentrated at the critical time and place for a decisive purpose. Superiority results from the proper combination of the elements of combat power. Proper application of the principle of mass, in conjunction with the other principles of war, may permit numerically inferior forces to achieve decisive combat superiority. Economy of Force.
A. (Catholic), is author of The Integration of the Armed Forces, 1940-1965 in the Defense Studies series and coauthor of Soldier-Statesmen of the Constitution and Blacks in the United States Armed Forces. D. S. Army in World War II series. A. S. Army in World War II series. C. A. S. Army in the Korean War series, and coauthor of The Last Salute: Civil and Military Funerals, 1921-1969. ROMANUS, CHARLES F. A. S. Army in World War II series. SCHEIPS, PAUL J. D. (American), is coauthor of Bayonets in the Streets and author of Hold the Fort and numerous other works, principally on the frontier Army and the use of troops in domestic disturbances.