The Mongol Army Attacks Hungary.

Subodai concentrated his army in 3 groups of march. Each one would enter Hungary by a different route, across the mountain passes and valleys of the Carpathians. This deployment was given to the Mongols more resistance to the enemy surprises. And gave them an initial unfolding for the maneuvers of their 3 mobile corps, facilitating them to face the enemy. The Hungarians, for their part, did not dare to attack any of them, for fear of an advance of the other corps on their rear or to occupy anyone of their cities. The central column, which was under the command of the prince Batu, crossed Ruske’s mountain pass on March 12 and continued his advance for the valley of the Tisza. His vanguard with combat capacity came to the Danube on the 15th and 2 days later the principal corps did it. The vanguard had realized a march of 290 km in 3 days, crossing an hostile area and still covered by high snow.

On April 3, Subodai formed his 3 columns in front to Pest, in the east bank of the Danube. In Pest the king Bela had assembled his army of 100 thousand men. At another side of the river, joined both cities by bridges, was Buda. Subodai knew they were overcome in number by the Hungarians. Having also detached a tumen in Transylvania the left column of march, to assure that the Christians were not receiving reinforcements from Romania, the Mongols were now 70 thousand. Also, it was very dangerous for them to force a crossing of the Danube at the sights of the Hungarian deployed army.

On the other hand, the more time Subodai was taking in his calculations, decisions and preparations, the more time was giving to other European leaders to decide and to come to support the king Bela. The Mongol general applied then at strategic scale one of his tactic stratagems: his army moved back towards the East. The Hungarian chiefs supposed that the Mongols were not daring to fight against their army. And, spurred by their stagnation before the not hindered advance of the Mongols 3 marching columns, asked to initiate his pursuit. The Hungarians did not notice that Subodai was attracting them out of the protection of the Danube and of the support between detachments and the army corps.

The king Bela, commanded the great majority of the army, directed the pursuit. The Mongol retreat was calculately slow. They took 6 days in reaching the Sajo river, at 160 km at the North-East of Buda and Pest. And, at the west of the river, near its mouth in the Tiszna and in the plain in front of Mohi, the principal city of the zone, Batu and Subodai decided to confront their «persecutors». On April 9, the Mongols crossed a broad gorge, advanced by a heath, crossed a stone bridge and continued 16 km up to the bushes placed at the west of the hills and vineyards of Tokay. In them, they had numerous places where to camouflage or to hide. In effect, when a Hungarian reconnoissance detachment followed them that evening and came up to Tokay’s west, it did not find absolutely nothing. The Hungarian army, who realized a frontal pursuit, encamped in the heath, arranging his cars, joined by chains and ropes, closing a circle, where installed his tents and mounts. At the right of the camp, were the marshes of the bank of the Tisza, at his front, the heath of the Sajo was spreading and forests and hills were covering his left side.

Resultado de imagen de BATTLE of buda and pest 1241 FIGHTING ON THE BRIDGE.

At dawn of Wednesday, the 10th of April, 1241, Batu and 40 thousand men threw towards the stone bridge by its east side. The Hungarians defended it with all energy, until they had to withdraw for the fire bombs of that the Mongols catapults threw them, on having been in a very narrow fighting sector. The Mongols went on to the west side, but during more than 2 hours, were terribly pressed by the Hungarians charges and only the shots of their archers briefly restored their defense line. Little by little, the Hungarian army deployed to liquidate the Mongol bridgehead. Suddenly, the general Subodai, who also had crossed to the west side by a circumstances bridge stretched downstream of the Sajo, while the Hungarians were distracting with the threat in the bridgehead, appeared with 30 thousand Mongols on the Hungarian rear. Struck and stunned, but with guts and experience not to fall down in the panic, the Hungarians moved back in good order to their camp. But the Mongols threw to it, surrounding almost totally the camp and covering it with incendiary bombs and arrows. Which were burning the load coaches and the tents and frightened away the beasts, spreading chaos between their enemies and undoing the autoconfidence of the Hungarians.

The Mongols prepared to throw a charge on the uncohesioned groups of the Hungarian army. But they continued without finishing to cover with any detachment, the siege to the camp by the access gorge to the heath. The Hungarian knights with enough moral courage yet formed a wedge, to resist the charge; it was the last firm resistance of the Hungarian army. But the majority of them moved back by the existing «gap» in the siege, fleeing in small groups towards what they were thinking that would be their salvation. And really falling down In a mortal trap, which was spreading over the whole route of their flight towards Pest.

The Mongol light cavalry, without risking anything, softened from a distant with his arrows the driven to despair deployment of the knights and, later, taking his opportunity, the heavy cavalry charged to squash them. Numerous Mongol light detachments went out in pursuit of the fled ones. A part them was pressing on their rear, to increase their commotion, their chaos and their fear. While, other detachments realized the overflowing pursuit, reaching them from the sides and spearing them or throwing their arrows to them with their small and most powerful compound arches, which shot from the mounts. Along 50 km, in the way of return to Pest, spread the remains of the Hungarians, their mounts and their equipments. More than 70 thousand Hungarians knights and auxiliary died in the battlefield, in the camp and in the escape towards the southwest. After the battle of the Sajo, the Hungarian resistance collapsed.

The Mongols immediately attacked Pest and burned it. But they did not dare to cross to the west side of the Danube in the exploitation of the success. In spite of the moral and numerical supremacies that they enjoyed in these moments. Batu and Subodai gave rest to their army and consolidated the positions at the east of the great river. And so more than half a year passed, where the principal related event was a slightly spirited declaration of Crusade against them from the Pope, of which it was obtained little in the practice. In December, 1241 the Danube froze in this great region.

Resultado de imagen de king bela IV of hungary  MONGOL’S LIGHT AND HEAVY CAVALRIES.

The Mongols made good use of their time to plunder Buda, realized a reconnaissance in force in Austria and sent a detachment to the South, towards Zagreb, in pursuit of the king Bela. And on the 25th they assaulted Gran, the Hungarian capital and See of his archbishop, taking with them everything of value and antiquity they could.

A marvellous End for Europe. Who, What for?

Central and Western Europe were mature for a Mongol invasion. The Europeans did not have an army capable of facing this threat, which already was throwing them the breath in his napes. The strategic plan explained by Subodai to the Khan and to his generals seemed to be faithfully fulfilled up to his last parts. But, this was already only an illusion, the impossible one. An «appearance», which Sun Tzu would say. On December 11, 1241 they had received in the headquarters of Batu and Subodai an escorted messenger from Karakorum, the Mongol capital in the Eastern Asia. He was bringing the news that Ogadai, the Great Khan, had died and that his widow was acting as regent, until a new Mongol emperor was elected and promoting to the throne. The Mongol present princes were anxious to make worth their rights for the succession and decided to return to their capital, taking with them the imperial tumens.

Batu knew that without these select troops, he could not keep Hungary in his power. But he thought that with the Turkoman recruits, who already were experienced and taken part in combats, he might keep most of his territories. This way, the Mongols evacuated Hungary, without being hindered, harassed or pusued by their enemies. Though behind they left the land that was theirs. This was a symbol of their idiosyncrasy and exploiter character up to the extinguishment, land bandit and absolute predator. And without the minor aptitude to create, to keep, to develop, to extend and bequeath his successors, a civilization that was deserving this name. And not only to leave them the accumulated results of his outrages, bails, taxes, plunders and booties and the military educations to obtain them.

Batu returned to his departure field base, in Sarai, near the Volga and at scanty 100 km north of Astrakhan. And there established a Mongol subsidiary empire, which was known as the Golden Horde. The Mongols would not have another equal opportunity to invade Europe. After this aberrant nightmare suffered by the Europeans, these invented all kind of stories and myths, in which they narrated how they had defeated the «Tartar» invaders (this way they in general knew the Mongols) and had forced them to return to their lands.

This unthinkable, sudden and happened, in the last possible moments resulted… marvellous, Was it a matter of Destinity and of Europa’s Karma and his privileged Civilization? ¿Or was it the result of a Divine Intervention by the intercession of the Holy Virgin Mary? Certainly, humanly was an excessive and incredible chance. But the faith can never give some «evidences», because it would stop of being and would turn into the verifiable reality. The Divine effective intervention, in favor of Europe and his civilization, which without the Christianity operating from his marrow, would never look alike to what it went and to what is. But It is probable, because That is never thundering or overwhelming. God did not visit Elias in the beams storm or in the hurricane-force wind, but using a tenuous and soft breeze. And, to the esoteric and sincretists, the explanation might be «a cosmic action of the astral and akasic forces, in favor of the Light, the Peace and the human Civilization, towards the top levels of the Universal Conscience «.

Also, there exists a «rational» and common explanation of what happened, but that cannot specify the moment to begin this opportune retreat. The Mongols and the central Asiatic associate tribes were creating an Euro-Asian empire in the first half of the 13th century. But their material capacities and their ideological and religious resources were not corresponding with such important aim. As already we saw, for the peoples of the occupied countries, they did not have anything satisfactory and lasting to offer them. The Mongols were kept in these foreign lands by the threat of the known terror. As it would happen with other tyrants, that tried to become «worldwides», their necessary collaborators were ethnic or ideologically similar. But the Mongol etnia and his related ones were demographically insignificant, to be able to monitor and defend alone such vast empire. All this, in the decades of the invasion of Eastern Europe, had tightened up to the point of break their military capacities. This way, more early that late, the Mongols had to realize that retrograde general march, to assure and consolidate their lands in the East of Eurasia. Moving away from the contact with dynamic, Ideological and expansive civilizations, as the European. With whom the relations of vicinity and the first exchanges of merchants, explorers and adventurers would been solved by the military clash.



After the death of Gengis Khan in 1227 his the second surviving son, Ogadai, succeeded him in the Mongol throne. The Mongol expansion eastward was limited by the Pacific Ocean and scarcely were staying free enclaves in China and Persia. But, towards the West, the great steppes of Russia were offering to the Mongols an enormous opportunity of conquests. Using these extensive areas, which were favorable to the advance and the maintenance of his rapid hippomoviles armies. These steppes had been awarded to the grandson of Gengis, Batu. The great Mongol general Subodai urged his conquest, to strategically protect the west flank of the Empire and as possible operational headquarters for the invasion of the green plains of Hungary. These natural plains might serve in its moment for the advance in north and west directions of the Mongols tumens («divisions»), towards the conquest of the core heart of the Christian Europe.

The Prolegomenons of Europe’s Invasion.

This «strategic panoramic» insight of Subodai filled with enthusiasm the court and the Mongolian chiefs. And, this way, Ogadai provided the general with around 50 thousand veteran men, under Batu’s nominal control, to conquer the steppes of the west Russia. In the winter of 1237, the Mongols crossed the frozen Volga and penetrated in Russia. The Mongol army was reaching 120 thousand light and heavy riders, with auxiliaries and luggages. Including their catapults for the heavy fire and the means of siege and to construct these. And it had increased with the recruitments of Turkoman realized in the advance route and authorized by Ogadai. The quality of this reinforcement for the Batu and Subodai’s army was deficient and variable, in comparison with the Imperial tumens.

During the following 3 years, the Mongols systematicly destroyed the feudal Russian kingdoms of the west. Using the frozen rivers as broad and long routes without obstacles to deeply penetrate in them and to positionally dislocate the enemy defenders forces. With the capture of Kiev in December, 1240, the rest of the Russian organized resistance disappeared. And the Mongols were reaching in force the Carpathians mounts, the natural obstacle that was protecting Hungary.

Resultado de imagen de BATTLE of buda and pest 1241

Though in this epoch, in the beginning of the Low Middle Ages, the European leaders did not know practically anything on the Mongols, both the general Subodai and the prince Batu were regularly informed about the difficult political European situation. In effect, in February, 122, Subodai and Jebe, at the command a corps army of 20 thousand Mongols initiated a reconnaissance in force of two years in the western Russian steppes, looking for advance routes for the Mongol armies towards Europe. There they recruited a permanent and well paid spies’ network in different nations. And they realized a secret alliance with Venice, for which, in exchange for relevant information about the geography and the always changeable politics of the European states, Venice would get a trade monopoly in the Mongol conquered territories.

In January, 1241, Subodai concentrated the army around Lvov and Przemysl, close to the river San, tributary of the Vístula. This «strategic departure base» was at the north of the Carpathians and at a distance of 300 km to the Hungarian Danube. To realize the invasion, the army only was possessing then 100 thousand men. The reason was that it had to keep occupation detachments in the Russian west and to protect its communications towards his base. The operational gravity center of these were the mountain passes of the Carpathians towards the south, towards Hungary.

That were defined by the Tisza and his tributaries network, which were forming the Carpathians valleys. But the advance of the Mongols towards Gran, the great capital at that time, at 40 km to the northwest of Buda and Pest, all on the Danube, would leave the invading army exposed to an operational counterattack of the Germans, Austrians, Bohemians or Poles. That might fall down on his right flank and eastward communications. Threatening them, this way, with serious losses or isolating them from their base, being able to surround some Mongol detachments.

The Mongol worry towards the enemy was generally strategic, thinking about their exposed flanks at the level of the occupied countries. This worry was originated in his always exiguous number of riders for the entrusted or looked aims. And also in the not tactical invincibility of his forces, if were meeting an organized, skilful enemy, who was using opportunely and effectively his heavy and light cavalries, and calm to resist their tricks and feints. The Europeans only were possessing the heavy cavalry. Where his nobles and chiefs fighted and around which, as main weapon, his infantry armed retinues and armies were articulated. This way, Gengis Khan, in 1221, after the conquest of the Moslem empire of Samarqand, placed approximately between the Sir Daria and the Amur Daria, systematicly plundered Afghanistan. And his son Tului killed most of the inhabitants of the north of Persia (Khorasan). With it they were protecting the south flank of the brand-new empire.

The Beginnings of the Invasion of 1241.

To defend this flank of the mentioned assaults, Subodai divided his army in 2 «very asymmetric army corps». The principal corps would carry out the invasion of Hungary and the auxiliary, small corps, would fulfill the double mission of clear the European threats to his advance on those Hungarian cities and his communications with the Carpathians. The auxiliary army, at the orders of the princes Baidar and Kadan and formed by 2 tumens, advanced first, in March, 1241 and, crossing the Vistula by Sandomir, surprised the Poles. But, to separate them from Hungary, «they» had «to allow» his mobilization and later concentration. This way, dividing his meager forces, Kadan advanced through Poland in northwest direction. Seeking to extend the alarm and the consternation for all his interior and «to threaten» the German States placed at the west of the Oder.

Resultado de imagen de Mongolians attack Pest

For his part, Baidar went in southwest direction, directly towards Cracow, the capital, burning and plundering everything what could at his passage, to attract on his detachment the enemy attention. And, suddenly, close to Cracow, the Mongols stopped and initiated in a short time their retreat, following the opposite direction to the previous advance. They were simulating this way to be a small incursion force, possibly explorer, already moving back to his base. The Polish cavalry forces, concentrated for the defense of Cracow, did not recognize the rapid retrograde enemy march as a tactical trick. And, filled of a warlike ardor that was inflaming their senses, they were thrown after what they thought that it was a great victory already in their hands. This way, they left their positions under the protection of the infantry and the walls of Cracow, to realize a frontal warm pursuit. Without before having really beaten their enemy and leaving in hands of the wind all the due precautions. On having seen them, the Mongols accelerated their march and even left their prisoners, with what the Poles saw insured the «reality» of his conjectures. But in Chmielnik, at 18 km from the capital, a very ungrateful surprise was waiting for them. The whole Mongol light cavalry, conceal for the distant sights and deployed forming a half moon with his checkered detachments, began to throw clouds of arrows with piercing punch arrowtips, that easily penetrated in the armors and protections of the Polish mounts and riders. The majority of these simply died. The inhabitants of Cracow, when the news came, terrified fled in mass, and the Mongols, reaching the Polish capital, set it on fire.

Baidar continued up to Breslau, the Silesia’s capital, where found that the population had lit fire to the city and sheltered in the citadel. There he knew that in Liegnitz, at 65 km to the west, Henry, the king of Silesia, had formed a very heterogeneous army of 25 thousand men to attack them. He also knew that the king Wenceslao of Bohemia was going with his army of 50 thousand men to meet Henry. Baidar decided to rapidly go to Liegnitz, to prevent the meeting of both enemy armies. In the way, Kadan and his mobile detachment, which already had completed his mission of general grieve the Poles and Eastern Germans, joined him. Both tumens reached Liegnitz on April 8, 1241. The 9th, the king Henry went immediately to facing them. He did not know that Wenceslao and his army were situated at only a day of march. In times of difficult and precarious communications, the ignorance, which is rash for its simplification, was replacing the lacks of information with own elaborations, based on the greed and the dread. His army deployed near the city in a plain.

Resultado de imagen de Mongolians attack Pest BATTLE OF LIEGNITZ

When the Mongol vanguard appeared in the horizon, Henry sent a small detachment to reject it. But a rain of arrows made it to move back to his rows. The king counter-attacked with all his cavalry. The Mongol vanguard, saw threatened, avoided the immediate contact and moved back. In what looked like to the knights an escape, after having kept the calm opposite to minor forces. The charge of the Silesian cavalry transformed in a career at full gallop, being disorganized and dispersed, looking for his prey. The Mongol archers were waiting for them in calmness, provided with their perforating cuirasses arrows. When the Silesian riders were inside their effective range, the Mongol archers covered them with arrows, knocking down many people and pulliing up sharply their clumsy assault. Already beaten the knights, the Mongol heavy cavalry charged against them and dissolved them. In turn, the light cavalry, screened by smoke bombs in his sector of advance, threw against the Silesian infantry, that were waiting at the end of the deployment. Behind, the Mongol heavy riders also charged, knocking down everything at their steps and killing the king Henry of Silesia.

When Wenceslao known about the disaster of the Silesians, stopped his march and moved back to protect Bohemia. Receiving for it reinforcements of the kingdoms of Saxony and Thuringia. The allied army formed in Klodzko, close to the gorges of the river Glatz, at 100 km to the south-east of Liegnitz. But, the Mongol reconnaissance detachments warned their princes of the dangers of those. In addition, the Mongol army corps had suffered enough losses in his raids and previous battles. In that moments, in less than one month of operations, 20 thousand Mongols had crossed around 650 km in enemy territory and gained 2 decisive battles. Poland was beaten and shocked and the Germans at the west of the Oder were moving back and preparing to defend their kingdoms.

The Bohemians, still intact, were at 400 km from the Hungarian defensive positions in the Danube. For what their army was operationally ineffective to achieve the decision in the Mongol attack to Hungary. To make sure of Wenceslao’s «intention», the Mongols realized a demonstration towards the west, inside Germany. Wenceslao pursued them. At a decided moment, the tumens deployed in small and slippery detachments. And, forming an almost invisible cloud for the enemy, they slipped for both sides of the Bohemian army and moved away from this.

In his retreat to meet Subodai, the Mongols crossed for Moravia, destroying his settlements, stores and fields. This way, they created a wide desert plateau, which would protect furthermore the right flank of the principal Mongol corps. On having left these lands unable to support for a time an army crossing it. In this secondary campaign Baidar and Kadan managed to eliminate any possibility that the Czechs, the Germans, the Poles and the Austrians were sending their troops in aid of the Hungarians. And they did it taking and keeping the initiative against a very numerous enemy, who was acting unco-ordinated. Whose principal weapon was the heavy cavalry, that acted only by the shock. And operating with a greater operational movement capacity, protected by the secrecy and the concealment, supported by a sufficient and constant information. And using in the combats decided by them the whole repertory of the tactics and technics of their cavalry, which were almost incomprehensible for the Europeans. And they could come in time of rejoining with Subodai’s corps at almost the end of the Hungarian campaign.




The near future of tactical reconnaissance.

Major tactical reconnaissance weapons, tanks and low level flying aircraft tend to be vulnerable to modern infantry antiaircraft and antitank missiles. They appeared on the battlefield in the 1970s and have become more effective since then. Since the mid 1990s, these rockets have been incorporating various technologies such as double active heads, multiple search engines, which allow them to discriminate against enemy decoys and secure the target, and those that allow them to use variable flying heights. For example, upcoming infantry tank rockets will be able to locate, define and confirm their target by magnetic distortions of the environment (generated by the relatively large metal mass of the tank), acoustic signals, heat emissions (human and motor and weapons) and short wave emissions. Their way to the target will oscillate to circumvent possible weapons deployed against them.

Resultado de imagen de deep range combat and reconnaissance patrols NEW ZEALAND’S LONG RANGE RECON PATROL.

All this will tend to give greater importance in the reconnaissance of to the deep range combat and/or reconnaissance patrols. They are inserted by air or river means, as close as possible to its operations area and designed to stay longer in it.

Combat reconnaissance: The immediate and continuous contact with the enemy and determination of the capabilities of the fighting ground.

Combat reconnaissance conducts ground reconnaissance, the relation of his own army’s adjacent units in established contact points and the location of the enemy to help determine the enemy’s intentions and characteristics. This latter mission is subordinate to the goal of obtaining intelligence. Every unit must establish it always, without need for specific orders. It is important to advance the subunits as rapidly as possible; if only is conducted by infantry, it may be necessary use vehicles to transport troops, who can then continue on foot.

In open flanks and exposed wings, its range must be adequately extensive. By means of anticipated patrols, combat reconnaissance constitutes in its actuation a real security for units in the front.

 Its organs are armored reconnaissance companies and platoons, reconnaissance patrols of units in the different sectors, observatories and forward platoons of artillery, etc. The platoon at disposal of the H. Q. and services company can be useful in the battalion area for rapid action.

Combat reconnaissance has a basic function to detect resistances and weaknesses in the enemy deployment and weapons, and in the “interfaces of action” created on him. It needs to use tested skill, sufficiently intense and never superficial, that is knowledge about the weaknesses of tactical units and the fortresses of opposing deployments, as well as its efforts to present the illusion of such deployments. It is important to act according to the mission and the gravity center of the effort ordered by the high command. Colonel Tor made this point in his book “Infantry” (page 31 Madrid, 1943), “…advance through the enemy weak points and fight from one’s own strong points».

Resultado de imagen de soldiers on patrol  A PATROL…

Information collected from various sources, becomes available intelligence and is transmitted to those interested.

The reconnaissance generates information on the different action levels and the ground, which it also recognizes. That must be converted into intelligence. This is the reasonably reliable and sufficient knowledge (never excessive or intoxicating) of the enemy, of his intentions and possibilities and of the terrain, in its possibilities of struggle, transitability (more than ground ongoing), etc. Received updated and without continuity solution.

The elaborating organs of intelligence are different for operational and combat reconnaissances, since also they both generate different types of information. The principal difference are their qualitatively different levels of actuation, in which they must give the set vision: enemy, area and possibilities. And that the need for combat intelligence is urgent and more continuous, and its transcendence, very fleeting, so it is much less elaborate and more direct to fighting units, from its reconnaissance.

Once intelligence is created, it is integrated by the superior command, G-2. It will then be transmitted to units and interested commanders. Transmission must be protected by all existing means, guaranteeing secrecy and its arrival to the addresses by means of double couriers, coding, etc.

Transmitted intelligence must assemble the suitable characteristics of the moment and ensure reliability, continuity, transmission security, and the wealth of content and its sufficiency. It must also be opportune and continuous. The security of transmission of intelligence affects plans and decisions that based on it. It must be sufficient, rich and trustworthy enough to give command, within a reasonable amount of time, as complete idea as possible of a situation and to plan for its possible evolution and factors that will affect that evolution. Sufficiency drastically limits the excesses of unnecessary information which disorients and tires those in command that try to use them.

G-2 is converted this way into the penetrating and lucid eyes of the operative command.

The security as “opposed complementary” of the reconnaissance.

The reverse of the own reconnaissance is the fight against the enemy reconnaissance and the intelligence. She has as purpose to blind the enemy about our intentions and deployments, depriving him of operational information on us or misleading them. Security is the “opposite” (complementary, not antagonistic) of our reconnaissance.

Resultado de imagen de soldiers on patrol   COVERING A SECTOR…

One of the active ways of fighting enemy reconnaissance is employing our operations security. Other is to employ advanced detachments, type reinforced platoons, to push back the enemy’s reconnaissance by means of mobile fighting with its center of gravity” focused on where his reconnaissance have to operate. A pushed back reconnaissance can give erroneous information to its intelligence on the actual possibilities of possible axes of advance towards us, our real capacities or our defensive intentions.

One purpose of security is the immediate protection of units against surprises and the unforeseen, by keeping a sufficient “combat readiness” for such situations. Units must also keep necessary forces alert as part of maintaining a practical reaction time. The tasks of security are to protect units from direct fire of infantry heavy weapons, to detect and avoid surprises, ambushes and enemy incursions and to detect and reject enemy reconnaissance. Every unit establishes at all times the security sector, zone (brigade or regiment) and area (division), according to its size. Between 1/3 and 1/6 of the unit, according to the situation, carry out security functions; the organs of which are the different sub units of the branches employed.

For camping units or in assembly areas of different classes, a safety line is established to delimit the protected units and at suitable points (accesses, etc.) double sentries are placed. At difficult to secure places (gorges, etc.) rapid mine barriers are placed. From this line, security units advance fixed and mobile patrols. Fixed patrols monitor critical security points (dominating points, enemy possible observatories, inevitable passing points, etc), relying on the mobile units to achieve always an active security.

Resultado de imagen de campos de minas militares  MINES BARRIER.

And, this so useful and simple, is always done? No, sir, not always.

«On June 10, 1944, soon after the midnight, the second battalion of the 29th division of infantry of U.S.A. was prepared to pass the night. The men had traveled approximately 25 kilometers over the last 20 hours. The official in charge of the battalion, Commander Maurice Clift, chose a zone of two meadows so that the troops were to spend the night in the open. The men entered the zone and set themselves up for sleep along terraced hedges. They were so tired that no one bothered to untie their rucksacks and personal equipment. The majority fell asleep at once. Some heard the noise of approaching engines but thought they were American vehicles.

However, the vehicles were actually German tanks and trucks belonging to the 352nd infantry division. Unknown to each side, the Germans had been withdrawing along the same route that the American battalion followed in its advance. When they stopped, the German explorers detected the North American movements encamped in the meadows. They quietly advanced and surrounded the meadows.

Suddenly, the Germans threw flares. Under the sinister light, almost as brilliant as the midday light, its assault cannons opened fire on the hedges against the Americans. Along one of the hedges a platoon got up and was cut down by the German machine guns. Many Americans, scared and disoriented, were running in search of a way out of the meadow while the German infantries continued knocking them down them with repetitive fire. The shells of the German mortars were falling all over the meadows. The Americans responded with weak rifle fire, directed at the opposite hedges, which ran the risk of hitting either the Germans or their own men.

«It was terrible”, a survivor told General Cota. «We crawled more than 90 meters out of the field when we heard from behind the shouts of our men. I thought that the Germans were launching a bayonet charge against them».

The commander of second battalion, Lieutenant Colonel William Warfield had his command post in a farm close to the highway. Warfield tried in vain to establish a defense. Those officials who ran from the house towards the field were brought down rapidly. A German shouted in English to the command group: «Give up, give up!». «We will certainly not give up!”, roared Warfield. He tried to lead a small group towards meadow where the rest of his men were, but was killed instantly.

The battle lasted around 20 minutes. The battalion had 150 casualties with some 50 dead, slightly more than one third of its effective force. Just before dawn a gravely injured young lieutenant who was reporting to his division commander, General Charles Gerhardt, fell down suddenly on his knees and struck the soil with his fists, sobbing that he was sorry that all his men were dead and that he had left them where they had fallen.

General Gerhardt was angry. “Without regard for safety, he shouted, The battalion simply came to the field to fall asleep».




El futuro próximo de la exploración táctica.

Las principales armas de reconocimiento táctico, los tanques y las aeronaves de vuelo a bajas cotas, tienden a ser vulnerables a los cohetes antiaéreos y antitanques de la moderna infantería. Éstos aparecieron en el campo de batalla en los años 70 y han ido ganando efectividad desde entonces. En la última década, desde mediados de los 90, esos cohetes han ido incorporando diversas tecnologías como las cabezas activas dobles, los buscadores múltiples, que les permiten discriminar los señuelos enemigos y asegurar el blanco, y las que les permiten emplear alturas variables de vuelo. Por ejemplo, los próximos cohetes antitanques de infantería podrán localizar, definir y confirmar su blanco por distorsiones magnéticas del ambiente (generadas por la relativamente grande masa metálica del enemigo), señales acústicas, emisiones de calor (humanas y de motores y armas) y emisiones de onda corta. Su recorrido hasta el blanco oscilará para burlar las posibles contra armas desplegadas contra ellos.

Resultado de imagen de deep range combat and reconnaissance patrols NEW ZEALAND’S LONG RANGE RECON PATROL.

Todo esto tenderá a dar una mayor importancia en la exploración y el reconocimiento a las patrullas de infantería de largo recorrido (long range combat and/or reconnaissance patrols). Que son insertadas por medios aéreos o fluviales, lo más cerca posible de su zona de operaciones y diseñadas para permanecer un mayor tiempo en ella.

La exploración de combate: el contacto inmediato y continuo con el enemigo y la determinación de las capacidades del terreno de lucha.

La exploración de combate busca el reconocimiento del terreno, la relación con las unidades propias adyacentes en los puntos de contacto establecidos y el contacto inmediato con el enemigo, determinando sus intenciones y características. Su misión está subordinada a la obtención de inteligencia. Cada unidad debe establecerla siempre, sin necesidad de orden específica para ello. Es importante adelantarla lo más rápidamente posible, por lo que, si corre a cargo sólo de infantería, puede ser necesario acercarla en vehículos, para que luego continúe a pie.

En los flancos descubiertos y las alas expuestas su alcance debe prolongarse bastante. Mediante sus patrullas adelantadas, la exploración de combate constituye en su actuación una verdadera seguridad táctica para las unidades en el frente.

Los órganos de la exploración de combate son las compañías y secciones de exploración blindadas, las patrullas de exploración de las unidades en los diferentes sectores, los observatorios y pelotones adelantados de artillería, etc. La sección a disposición de la compañía de EE.MM. y servicios puede ser útil en el ámbito del batallón de infantería para la rápida actuación que decimos arriba.

La exploración de combate tiene una función primordial en la detección de las resistencias y las debilidades del despliegue y de las armas del enemigo, en las “interfases de acción” favorables que estamos creando con él. Ello requiere emplear una técnica de prueba, suficientemente intensa y nunca superficial, que permita conocer a las unidades tácticas, las debilidades y las fortalezas del despliegue contrario y las apariencias con las que intenta presentárnoslas. Para actuar en consecuencia, según la misión y el centro de gravedad del esfuerzo ordenados por el mando superior.

La información recolectada de diversas las fuentes, se convierte en inteligencia disponible y es transmitida a los interesados.

La exploración genera información de los diferentes niveles de actuación y de los terrenos, que también reconoce. Aquélla debe ser convertida en inteligencia. Ésta es el conocimiento razonablemente fiable y suficiente (nunca excesiva o intoxicante) del enemigo, de sus intenciones y posibilidades y del terreno en sus posibilidades de lucha, transitabilidad, etc. Recibida actualizada y sin solución de continuidad.

Resultado de imagen de soldiers on patrol  PATRULLA…

Los órganos elaboradores de la inteligencia a partir de las exploraciones operativa y de combate deben ser diferentes, puesto que también lo son los dos tipos de información generados. La principal diferencia es que proceden de niveles de actuación cualitativamente diferentes, en cada uno de los cuales deben dar la visión de conjunto: enemigo, terreno y posibilidades. Y que la necesidad de la inteligencia de combate es urgente y más continua, y su trascendencia, muy fugaz, por lo que es mucho menos elaborada y más directa hacia las unidades en lucha, desde su exploración.

Una vez creada la inteligencia, es integrada por el mando superior existente de la misma, el G-2. Éste, mediante otros órganos, se encargará de transmitirla a las unidades y mandos interesados. Dicha transmisión debe ser protegida por todos los medios existentes, garantizando el secreto y su llegada a los destinatarios, mediante dobles estafetas, cifrados, etc.

La inteligencia transmitida debe reunir las características adecuadas en cuanto al momento, la fiabilidad, la actualidad y la continuidad, la seguridad de transmisión, la riqueza de contenido y su suficiencia. En cuanto al tiempo debe ser oportuna y continua. Su seguridad afecta a los planes y a las decisiones que a partir de ella se elaboren. Debe ser suficiente, rica y fiable para permitir a los correspondientes mandos, dedicándole sólo un tiempo razonable, hacerse una idea lo más completa posible de una situación y planear sus posibles evoluciones y los factores que a ellas concurrirán. La suficiencia limita drásticamente los excesos de información no necesaria, que desorientan o cansan al mando afectado por ellos.

El G-2 o el S-2 se convierten así en los ojos penetrantes y lúcidos del mando operativo.

La seguridad como opuesto complementario de la exploración.

El envés de la exploración propia es la lucha contra la exploración y la inteligencia enemigas. Ella tiene como finalidad el cegar al enemigo sobre nuestras intenciones, privándole de sus órganos detectores de información operativa sobre nosotros o incluso extraviándolos deliberadamente. La seguridad es algo así como el opuesto (complementario, no antagónico) de la exploración propia.

Una de las formas activas de combatir a la exploración enemiga es el empleo de la seguridad propia en todas las operaciones emprendidas. Otra es el empleo de destacamentos avanzados, tipo sección reforzada, para rechazar a las exploraciones operativa y estratégica enemigas, mediante la lucha móvil con centro de gravedad en los puntos donde dichas exploraciones tengan que operar. Una exploración rechazada puede dar informaciones erróneas a su inteligencia sobre las posibilidades reales de sus ejes de avance hacia su enemigo. Por ejemplo, puede valorar la capacidad de rechazo en una avenida de aproximación , por encima de nuestra capacidad real en ella o dar una información errónea sobre nuestras intenciones defensivas.

Resultado de imagen de soldiers on patrol CUBRIENDO UN SECTOR…

La seguridad tiene como finalidad la protección inmediata de las unidades frentes a las sorpresas e imprevistos, manteniendo un necesario y suficiente alistamiento de combate para esa situación. Sus misiones son la protección de la unidad frente al fuego directo de las armas pesadas de infantería, evitar e impedir las sorpresas, emboscadas e incursiones enemigas y la detección y el rechazo de la exploración enemiga. Cada unidad establece en todo momento el sector, la zona (brigada o regimiento) y el área (división) de seguridad, según su tamaño. Entre 1/3 y 1/7 de la unidad, según la situación general, realizan su seguridad, constituyendo sus órganos las distintas subunidades de todas las armas que en ella participan y la apoyan.

Para las unidades acampadas o en zonas de reunión de diferentes clases, se establece una línea de seguridad que delimita a las unidades aseguradas, en cuyos puntos adecuados (accesos, etc.) se colocan centinelas dobles. En los puntos conflictivos para aquélla (desfiladeros, etc.) se colocan obstáculos en forma de rápidas barreras de minas. Fuera de dicha línea, las unidades de seguridad avanzan patrullas fijas y móviles. Las primeras vigilarán los puntos críticos para la seguridad (puntos dominantes, posibles observatorios de la exploración enemiga, puntos de paso inevitables, etc), apoyándose en las otras para realizar siempre una seguridad activa.

Resultado de imagen de campos de minas militares BARRERA DE MINAS.

Y, esto tan simple y provechoso, ¿siempre se ejecuta? No, señor, no siempre.

El 10 de junio de 1.944, poco después de la media noche, el 2º batallón de la 29ª división de infantería de los EE.UU. se preparaba para pasar la noche. Los hombres habían caminado unos 25 Km. durante las últimas 20 horas.

El oficial ejecutivo del batallón, comandante Maurice Clift, escogió una zona formada por dos prados cercados, para que las tropas pasaran la noche al raso. Los hombres entraron en ellos y se dejaron caer contra los terraplenes de los altos setos que los enmarcaban. Tan cansados estaban los soldados que ni siquiera se molestaron en soltarse las mochilas y el equipo personal. La mayoría de ellos se quedaron dormidos de inmediato. Solamente unos pocos prestaron atención al ruido de unos motores aproximándose. Pero pensaron que eran vehículos norteamericanos.

Se trataba en realidad de vehículos blindados y camiones alemanes, integrados en una agrupación de marcha y pertenecientes a la 352º división de infantería. Sin saberlo ninguno de los dos rivales, los alemanes se habían estado retirando y siguiendo la misma ruta que el batallón americano recorría en su avance. Al detenerse éste, los exploradores alemanes detectaron los movimientos norteamericanos en los prados de acampada. Los alemanes avanzaron sigilosamente y rodearon los prados.

De pronto, los alemanes lanzaron bengalas de iluminación. Bajo la siniestra luz, casi tan brillante como la luz del mediodía, sus cañones de asalto abrieron fuego sobre los setos contra los norteamericanos. A lo largo de uno de los setos, una sección se incorporó y fue segada por las ametralladoras alemanas. Muchos norteamericanos, asustados y desorientados, corrían de un lado a otro, buscando la salida de los prados; los infantes alemanes los iban derribando con el fuego de repetición de sus fusiles de cerrojo. Las granadas de los morteros alemanes explotaban por todo la zona de los prados. Los norteamericanos respondían con un fuego de fusilería impreciso y espasmódico, dirigido a los setos opuestos, que podía alcanzar tanto a los alemanes como a sus propios hombres que deambulaban erráticamente.

Era terrible”, indicó un superviviente al general Cota. “Nos habíamos arrastrado más de 90 m. fuera del campo, cuando escuchamos desde atrás, un griterío de nuestros hombres. Yo pensé que los alemanes estaban lanzando una carga a la bayoneta contra ellos”.

El comandante de este 2º batallón, el teniente coronel William Warfield (irónicamente, campo de guerra), tenía su puesto de mando en una granja junto a la carretera. Warfield intentó establecer una defensa, pero fue en vano. Los oficiales que se lanzaron fuera de la casa hacia el campo, fueron abatidos rápidamente. Un alemán gritó en inglés hacia el grupo de mando: “¡Ríndanse, ríndanse!”. “¡De rendirse, ni hablar!”, rugió Warfield. Intentó llevar un pequeño grupo en dirección a los prados donde estaban sus hombres, pero resultó muerto inmediatamente.

La batalla se prolongó unos 20 minutos. El batallón tuvo 150 bajas—unos 50 muertos–, algo más de un tercio de sus efectivos. Poco antes del alba, un joven teniente malherido que informaba al jefe de su división, el general Charles Gerhardt, caía de pronto de rodillas y golpeaba con sus puños el suelo, mientras sollozaba y se lamentaba que todos sus hombres estaban muertos y que él los había dejado caer.

El general Gerhardt se enfureció. “Sin seguridad, gritó exaltado. “Simplemente el batallón llegó al campo y se echó a dormir”.


The reconnaissance generates information of the different operational levels of military action. This must be turned into intelligence. That is the reasonably trustworthy and sufficient knowledge of the enemy, his intentions and capacities and the fighting possibilities and transitability of fields, etc. To enable us to take a “founded resolution”, based on the use of our means and fighting forms, in accordance with our objectives.

Concepts y Principles of the Reconnaissance.

Reconnaissance is one of the most important functions to be fulfilled by units during operations. The information it provides, how it is elaborated and transmitted and to whom is a fundamental part of intelligence. This, finally, is one of the key factors of decisive command.

Resultado de imagen de SDKFZ 263.    SDKFZ 263.

Reconnaissance can be divided into strategic, operational or tactical and combat, according to its mission and the area it encompasses. The strategic one seeks to uncover key information about the enemy in the operations deep theater: his concentrations of forces, his great movements, his important defensive lines and possible surface targets, etc. A surface target becomes a “destruction zone” by the effective action of heavy weapons of destruction, for example, reactive artillery or tactical nuclear devices.

The operational or tactical reconnaissance tries to define the situation and the intentions of the enemy in the operations area of the great units, type division, corps or army. It determines the movements of the enemy in the border zone between forces, his formations and deployments, his defense lines and possible surface targets. This reconnaissance is carried out by aviation, drones, specific reconnaissance units and the reinforced reconnaissance armored battalion of the corps. In this respect, a total connection and complement must exist in the missions of aviation and ground reconnaissance and keeping in mind that its task is never of fighting.  

The reinforced reconnaissance battalion operates in a sector of up to 60 kilometers wide and 100 kilometers deep. Its advance over the parent unit must be at least 6 hours in order to utilize gathered information. On the basis of its reconnaissance order, battalion commander, keeping his companies always under control, can send up to 16 patrols of 3 vehicles to covering his sector, looking always for a gravitational center of the deployment. Having done this, he can send on the concentric center of the effort up to 2 patrols’ echelons, being relieved or being inserted, according to the used method. Finally, if the area to reconnoiter is occupied by the enemy, he can advance his companies as attack spears, under the screen of advance patrols. The battalion must not infiltrate very deeply inside the enemy deployment, if there exists a serious risk of being isolated.

Resultado de imagen de Panhard AML-245    PANHARD AML 245.

Not all Armies have given or given sufficient value to this last reconnaissance type, which depends on their military doctrine.

All the operational principles of reconnaissance could be summarized as follows: Always focus on the objective received from the command (its mission is to generate information, the combat will be done by others), seeking the maximum use of time and its means, getting and maintaining contact with the enemy and never losing the freedom of action. It will allow him to perform and to escape, without being caught by ever higher forces.

The tactical reconnaissance is also needed in the urban combats. Not always the tactical reconnaissance penetrates too much in the disputed or enemy area. The industrial or populated zones, full of «concealing relative heights» and staggered in depth, which offer protection from the enemy sights, even nearby, and covers against the light and heavy fire, «thicken» considerably the tactical maneuver of the contenders. Reducing this way, the depth of the fighting zone of the infantry. So, masses of the artillery, as batteries and medium groups of it, are deployed at very short distance to his enemy. In a artillery fighting zone then very next to the forward limit of the own defense position.

On October 9, 1942 a patrol of Soviet reconnaissance entered behind the German lines in Stalingrad, seeking to detect the enemy movements in his rear. The 4 men sheltered in an auxiliary railroad coach, torn and left, placed in a railroad between the workshops of the Red October factory (where before were made metallic pieces and small weapon), at North-East of the city. And the disputed Mamaiev hill, towards the geographical center of Stalingrad, which was offering grand sights on most of the city.

Resultado de imagen de Engesa EE-9 Cascavel brasileño. ENGESA EE-9 CASCAVEL.

During almost the whole day they remained in that hiding place, communicating by radio to his lines the German activity. They had located several dozens of German mortars and howitzers, accompanied by the trucks which were moving his ammunition, by the rear roads to some emplacements placed in the suburbs of Stalingrad’s west. Also they located numerous mortars and pieces placed in a glen at the north of the Mamaiev hill, doing fire against the Soviet positions in the city.

On having got dark, the explorers broke a telephonic cable of the fixed enemy network of communications and hoped that the Germans were coming to repair it. Very soon they observed the light of a lantern and when the soldier came closer, killed him to shots. One of the Soviets disguised himself with his uniform and placed close to the route of the railroad, hoping that another German came closer the cut cable. Soon another lantern started approaching by the way. The soldier fell in the ambush and the explorers made it unconscious. On having recovered, he met 4 Soviets of foot together near him. Pulled down the soldier Willy Brandt gave his name, range and unit of belonging. Psychologically they had already gained the hand on him.

Resultado de imagen de drones guerra Vietnam   DRONE AQM-34 Ryan Firebee, IN VIETNAM.

Immediately afterwards, the German told to the explorers that 94th German infantry division had come to the factories zone from the south of the city, that 24th panzer division was going towards there and that the Fuehrer had ordered that Stalingrad should be totally taken by October, 15. This confirmed to them the reason of the extensive movements estimated by them in the German operational zone.

For the small reconnaissance patrol, to take with it after his lines, a prisoner already interrogated, was more a nuisance and a danger that a minimal success. And, in spite of the hardness, even the brutality, of the combats in the city, they neither killed, nor mutilated him. The Soviets reported to Brandt that had revealed military secrets, took him to the railroad line and indicated the direction that he had to continue to reach his comrades and left him free”.

But, what is this of speaking about operational reconnaissance in the age of the electronics, the robotics and the computer science?

Almost 50 years ago, the North Americans had developed an arsenal of electronic devices, directed to the vigilance (surveillance) of his enemies in Vietnam. Already they had reconnaissance drones to monitor «from above» their guerrilla slippery enemy. That transmitted his images by television to the planes of detection and transmission, placed at dozens of km from the observed zone.

Resultado de imagen de sensor ADSID   ADSID SENSORS .

The principal sensor used in the remote vigilance was the ADSID (Air Delivered Seismic Intruder Device). It was thrown principally from the F-4 Phantom, following guidelines of navigation by radar, in order to cover adequately the observing zone, as a traffic route of men and vehicles, a parking or store. The device measured 91 cm. of length and 15 cm. of diameter. And on having fallen down was remaining almost buried, opening then a transmitting aerial of 120 cm. height, camouflaged as if it was a defoliated bush. His battery allowed it to issue during a month and half.

With these sophisticated artifices they were trying to observe the traffic of goods and men by the Ho Chi Minh Route, the route of supplies of the Popular Army of North Vietnam and the Vietcong in South Vietnam. It was a highly branched out and protected route that, departing from North Vietnam penetrated in Laos and crossed it. And then, detached diverse routes towards the different communist operations zones in South Vietnam.

The program «White Igloo» destined 1,7 thousands of million dollars between 1966 and 1971, for these tasks of compilation of information with the ADSID. With the information gathered from the traffic in the routes, the Americans were deciding the interdiction bombardment actions, using his different air devices, including the invisible and inaudible (with his cruise height) B-52 strategic bombardiers. At the beginning of 1971, the information of the aerial photos after the bombardments, taken by planes that were flying after the assault formations, allowed the analysts to suppose that the «war of trucks» was causing a very severe effort to the industrial capacity of the suppliers of North Vietnam (the USSR and China).

Resultado de imagen de Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System  A BOEING OF THE JSTARS SYSTEM.

But, if it was true that were destroying so many trucks and equipment, how was possible that the communists were keeping the tactical initiative in South Vietnam? On the other hand, where were the tens of thousands of remains of trucks that literally had to cover many of the ways and parks of the Route? Who were bothering to remove them? The response was given soon by the American junior officers: they were ate by a monster called the «Great Laotian Truck Eater»; a horrible rotten that was getting up towards the dawn and was devouring the vehicles destroyed by the aviation during the night, after the photography for «wreck count». Because the Americans are very scrupulous with the statistics and consider the lie an almost inexcusable social sin for his civil servants.

Up to today, almost 50 years later, the electronics, the robotics and the computer science have continued improving. But it does not seem that they are useful in Iraq, Afghanistan or Syria, to detect a “donkey bomb”; to avoid that group of cruel fanatics without God («as Allah does the Good, make you also the Good and do not promote the corruption (the “evil», the Noble Koran orders them), destroys great part of one of the principal mosques sanctuaries of the chiism in Samarra; to know if in an Iraqi or Syrian house are terrorists or only a terrified Arabic family, before demolishing her with heavy fire from a distance and extremely, according to his military operational doctrine.

In addition, during enough time still the air and spatial American means, as spy satellites, drones or not crewed planes and planes of the system Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS), will have serious limitations for the detection and check of small ground, even regular, forces. In the areas of difficult transitability and with possibilities of concealment, as mountains, jungles and forests, marshes and urbanized zones (industrial, of logistics, and of housings). Those not only offer concealment, but also coverings from the fire up to the near combat distances.

The Americans do not use the tactical reconnaissance, which demands some tactical characteristics of semi independent elite forces and a specific moral courage. And that is one of the most difficult tasks of the infantry. They use the combat reconnaissance and call her, expressively, reconnaissance.



La exploración y el reconocimiento del terreno generan información de los diferentes niveles de actuación militar. Entonces debe ser convertida en inteligencia. Ésta es el conocimiento razonablemente fiable y suficiente del enemigo, de sus intenciones y capacidades, y del terreno en sus posibilidades de lucha, transitabilidad, etc. Que nos permitan tomar una resolución fundada sobre el empleo de nuestros medios y de las formas de lucha, en función de nuestros objetivos.

Conceptos y principios de la exploración.

La exploración es una de las funciones más importantes a desempeñar por las unidades en operaciones. Sus datos, debidamente filtrados, elaborados y transmitidos a quien corresponda forman una parte fundamental de la inteligencia. Ésta, por fin, es uno de los factores eficaces del mando decisivo.

La exploración se puede dividir en estratégica, operativa o táctica y de combate, según su misión y el ámbito de obtención. La estratégica busca perfilar y definir los grandes datos sobre el enemigo en la profundidad del teatro de operaciones: las grandes concentraciones de fuerzas, sus movimientos, las líneas defensivas importantes, los posibles blancos de superficie, etc. Un blanco de superficie se convierte en zona de destrucción por la acción eficaz de armas pesadas de destrucción, por ejemplo, la artillería reactiva o los ingenios nucleares tácticos.

La exploración táctica u operativa trata de definir la situación y las intenciones del enemigo en el ámbito de las operaciones de las grandes unidades, tipo división, cuerpo o ejército. Determina los movimientos del enemigo en la frontera con la propia zona de operaciones, sus formaciones y dispositivos, sus líneas de defensa y los posibles blancos de superficie. Sus órganos son la aviación tripulada o no (los drones), la exploración específica de algunas unidades y el batallón reforzado de exploración blindado de la división o del cuerpo de ejército. En este sentido, deben existir una total conexión y un complemento en sus misiones entre la aviación y la exploración terrestre y considerar que su tarea no es de lucha.

Resultado de imagen de SDKFZ 263. SDKFZ 263.

El batallón de exploración reforzado actúa en una zona de hasta unos 60 Km. de ancho y hasta unos 120 Km. de profundidad. Su adelanto sobre la unidad mecanizada o motorizada debe ser al menos de 6 horas, para el aprovechamiento de la información recolectada. Sobre la base de su orden de exploración, el jefe de batallón, manteniendo siempre bajo su mando a las compañías, puede enviar hasta 15 patrullas de 2-3 vehículos a cubrir su sector. Buscando siempre un centro de gravedad de dicho despliegue. Creado aquél, puede mandar sobre dicho centro del esfuerzo hasta 2 escalones de patrullas, relevándose o intercalándose, según la técnica que sigan. Por último, si el terreno a reconocer preferentemente está ocupado por el enemigo, puede hacer avanzar sobre él a sus compañías en puntas de ataque, bajo la pantalla de las patrullas más avanzadas. Es de señalar que el batallón no debe infiltrarse tan profundamente en el interior del dispositivo enemigo, si existe en ello riesgo importante de ser aislado.

Resultado de imagen de Panhard AML-245 PANHARD AML 245.

No todos los ejércitos le han dado o le dan valor suficiente a estas dos últimas exploraciones, lo cual depende de su doctrina militar.

Todos los principios operativos de la exploración podrían resumirse así: Centrarse siempre en el objetivo recibido del mando (su misión es generar información, el combate ya lo harán otros), buscando el máximo uso del tiempo y de sus medios, consiguiendo y manteniendo el contacto con el enemigo, sin perder nunca la libertad de acción. Ésta le permitirá desempeñarse y escabullirse, sin ser atrapado por fuerzas siempre superiores.

La exploración táctica es también empleada en los combates urbanos. No siempre la exploración táctica penetra tanta distancia en el terreno disputado o enemigo. Las zonas pobladas o fabriles, llenas de “alturas ocultantes relativas” y escalonadas en profundidad, que brindan protección a las vistas enemigas, incluso cercanas, y hasta cubiertas contra el fuego ligero y pesado, “espesan” considerablemente la maniobra táctica de los contendientes. Reduciendo muchísimo sí, la profundidad de la zona de lucha de la infantería. Así, masas de la artillería, como baterías e inclusos grupos medianos de ella, se encuentran desplegadas a muy corta distancia de su enemigo, en una zona de lucha de la artillería entonces muy próxima al límite anterior de la posición de defensa propia.

El 9 de octubre de 1942 una patrulla de exploración soviética se adentró tras las líneas alemanas en Stalingrado, buscando detectar en su retaguardia los movimientos enemigos. Los 4 hombres se refugiaron en un vagón auxiliar de ferrocarril roto y abandonado, situado en una línea férrea entre los talleres de la fábrica Octubre Rojo (donde antes se fabricaban piezas metálicas y pequeñas armas), al noreste de la ciudad, y la disputada colina Mámaiev, hacia el centro geográfico de aquélla, que brindaba vistas grandiosas sobre la mayor parte de Stalingrado. Durante casi todo el día permanecieron en aquel escondite, comunicando por radio a sus líneas la actividad alemana. Habían localizado a varias decenas de morteros y obuses alemanes, acompañados de los camiones en los que trasladaban sus municiones, que se desplazaban por las carreteras de retaguardia hasta unos emplazamientos situados en los suburbios del oeste de Stalingrado. También localizaron a numerosos morteros y piezas situados en una hondonada al norte de la colina Mámaiev, haciendo fuego contra las posiciones soviéticas en la ciudad.

Al oscurecer, los exploradores rompieron un cable telefónico de la red de comunicaciones fija enemiga y esperaron a que los alemanes acudiesen a repararlo. Muy pronto observaron de lejos la luz de una linterna y cuando el soldado se aproximó, lo mataron a tiros. Uno de los soviéticos se disfrazó con su uniforme y se situó junto a la vía del ferrocarril, esperando que otro alemán se aproximara al cable cortado. Al poco otra linterna empezó a acercarse por la vía. El soldado cayó en la emboscada y los exploradores lo dejaron inconsciente. Al recobrarse se encontró con los 4 soviéticos de pie junto a él. Aterrado el soldado Willy Brandt dio su nombre, rango y unidad de pertenencia. Psicológicamente le habían ya ganado la mano. Seguidamente el alemán refirió a los exploradores que la 94 división de infantería alemana había llegado a la zona de las fábricas desde el sur de la ciudad, que la 24 división panzer se dirigía hacia allí y que el Fuehrer había ordenado que se ocupase totalmente Stalingrado para el 15 de octubre. Esto les confirmaba la razón de los extensos movimientos apreciados por ellos en la zona operativa alemana.

Resultado de imagen de Engesa EE-9 Cascavel brasileño. ENGESA EE-9 CASCAVEL.

Para la patrulla de exploración llevar consigo a un prisionero ya interrogado tras sus líneas era más un incordio y un peligro que un mínimo éxito. Y, a pesar de la dureza, incluso la brutalidad, de los combates en la ciudad, no lo mataron, ni lo mutilaron. Los soviéticos le comunicaron a Brandt que había revelado secretos militares, le llevaron a la línea férrea y le indicaron la dirección que debía seguir para alcanzar a sus camaradas y lo dejaron en libertad.

Pero, ¿qué es esto de hablar de exploración operativa en la era de la electrónica, la robótica y la informática?

Hace casi 50 años, los norteamericanos habían desarrollado un arsenal de artilugios electrónicos, encaminados a la vigilancia (surveillance) de sus enemigos en Vietnam.

Ya tenían drones de exploración para vigilar “from above” al enemigo guerrillero escurridizo. Las aeronaves no tripuladas, aún en sus albores técnicos, trasmitían sus imágenes por televisión a unos aviones de detección y transmisión, situados a unas decenas de Km. de la zona observada.

Resultado de imagen de drones guerra Vietnam DRONE AQM-34 Ryan Firebee, EN VIETNAM.

Resultado de imagen de sensor ADSID SENSORES ADSID.

El principal sensor utilizado en la vigilancia remota era el ADSID (Air Delivered Seismic Intruder Device). Se lanzaba principalmente desde los F-4 Phantom, siguiendo pautas de navegación por radar, con el fin de cubrir adecuadamente la zona a observar, bien una vía de tránsito de hombres y vehículos, bien un estacionamiento o almacén. El aparato medía unos 91 cm. de largo y unos 15 cm. de diámetro y al caer quedaba casi enterrado, desplegando entonces una antena emisora de 120 cm. de altura, camuflada como si fuera una mata deshojada. Su batería le permitía emitir durante casi mes y medio.

Con estos sofisticados artificios pretendían observar el tránsito de mercancías y hombres por la Ruta Ho Chi Minh, la vía de abastecimientos del Ejército Popular de Vietnam del Norte y del Viet Cong en Vietnam del Sur. Era una ruta muy ramificada que, partiendo de Vietnam del Norte se internaba en Laos y lo recorría, protegiéndose, y destacando entonces diversas vías hacia las distintas zonas de operaciones de aquéllos en Vietnam del Sur.

El programa “Igloo White” destinó 1,7 miles de millones de dólares de los de entonces entre 1966 y 1971, para estas tareas de recolección de información con los ADSID. Con los datos recogidos del tránsito en las vías, los norteamericanos decidían las acciones de bombardeo de interdicción, a cargo de sus distintos ingenios aéreos, incluyendo los invisibles e inaudibles (por su altura de crucero) bombarderos estratégicos B-52. A primeros de 1971 los datos de las fotografías aéreas tras los bombardeos, tomadas por aviones que volaban después de las formaciones de ataque, permitían suponer a los analistas que la “guerra de camiones” estaba causando un muy severo esfuerzo a la capacidad industrial de los suministradores de Vietnam del Norte (la URSS y China).

Pero, si era cierto que se destruían tantos camiones y equipos, ¿cómo era posible que los comunistas mantuvieran la iniciativa en Vietnam del Sur? Por otro lado, ¿dónde estaban las decenas de miles de restos de camiones que literalmente debían plagar muchas de las vías y parques de la Ruta? ¿quiénes se molestaban en quitarlos? La respuesta la dieron pronto los jóvenes oficiales norteamericanos: los comía un monstruo llamado el “Great Laotian Truck Eater”; un horrendo carroñero que se levantaba hacia el amanecer y devoraba los vehículos destruidos por la aviación durante la noche, después de la fotografía de rigor para el “wreck count”. Porque los norteamericanos son muy escrupulosos con las estadísticas y consideran a la mentira un pecado social casi imperdonable para sus funcionarios.

Hasta hoy, casi 50 años después, la electrónica, la robótica y la informática han seguido mejorando. Pero no parece que sirvan de mucho en Irak, para detectar a un burro bomba; para evitar que un grupo de fanáticos desalmados sin Dios (“al igual que Allah hace el bien, haced vosotros también el bien y no fomentéis la corrupción(el «mal”, les manda el Noble Corán), destruya gran parte de una de las principales mezquitas santuarios del chiismo en Samarra; para saber si en una casa iraquí hay terroristas o sólo una aterrorizada familia árabe, antes de demolerla de lejos y sobradamente, con fuego pesado, según su doctrina militar operativa vigente.

Resultado de imagen de Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System BOEING DEL SISTEMA JSTARS.

Además, durante bastante tiempo aún los medios aéreos y espaciales estadounidenses, como satélites espías, drones o aviones no tripulados y aviones del sistema Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS), tendrán serias limitaciones para la detección y verificación de pequeñas fuerzas terrestres, incluso regulares, en los terrenos de difícil transitabilidad y con posibilidades de ocultamiento, como montañas, junglas y bosques, pantanos y zonas urbanizadas (fabriles, de almacenaje y distribución, y de viviendas). Aquéllos no sólo ofrecen ocultamiento, sino también cubiertas al fuego hasta las distancias próximas de combate.

Los norteamericanos no emplean la exploración táctica, que exige unas características tácticas de fuerzas semi independientes de élite y un coraje moral específico. Y que es una de las más difíciles tareas de la infantería. Ellos usan la exploración de combate y la llaman, expresivamente, reconnaissance.




Being an eminently practical phenomenon, the praxis of propaganda is defined by «norms or principles of action«.

Propaganda must be «simple, easy.» Both in its structure and in its concept and transfer to its «objective.» Therefore, the basic concepts of our doctrine and interests must be sought and exploited with it. And state and present them in a clear, easy and appropiate manner. Both in the words (texts and slogans) and in the images we use for their diffusion and impregnation in the social group. And taking into account the means employed and the immediacy and depth that our ideas have to acquire in the group to which are directed.

Resultado de imagen de propaganda social CHINESE PROPAGANDA AGAINST TAIWAN.

Propaganda must be empathetic. That is, it must create and maintain adherence, loyalty and likings towards our ideas and interests in the social selected group. This way , several are the specific instruments to achieve this fundamental empathy of the group with us.

It can be praised the exterior or interior dangers that threaten us. And to highlight our role of «victim«, with the losses and the sufferings that it carries. This way, the Manicheism, which raises an incisive good-bad dilemma, which is gray and vague in the reality, can be used in our favor.

Resultado de imagen de dios lo quiere

It is important that the unanimity exists in our social group towards our reason and identity. And it must be so, at least, in the practical sense. Discordant active little “groups” cannot exist , in this social group.

All this must be repeated and canalized to keep the «propitious spirit» in the group, according to his idiosyncrasy. And to harmonize and orchestrate the actions and aspirations and the facts, to give them the maximum efficiency and extension in the «animated set» with a purpose.

It is necessary that the habitual religion in the group supports us or, at least, is benevolent with us. This reinforces extraordinarily our reason. Since the religion forms a part of the sense of personal and collective identity of the social group.

«God is with us«, was appearing in the clasps of the German soldiers during the World War I.

«In God we trust«, it says the American currency.

«We are the people of God«, say the Jews, the Hussite and the Umma or universal community of the Muslims.

«The Crusade in Europe«, so the Allies titled his campaigns against Germany and Italy. And it is the title of the memories book of his military chief in Europe, Dwight D. Eisenhower.

«God wants it«, were saying the Europeans crusades in his campaigns of recovery of Jerusalem and the Holy Land for the Christianity.

The Means used by the Propaganda.

— The word, in any form of used expression, is the creator and the vehicle of the concepts and the ideas. We think with the words, to elaborate our ideas and definitions. This explains also the need and the result of possessing an extensive and rich vocabulary for the cerebral and cognitive development. And, for his maintenance and conservation.

This way, the written documents of all classes favor the galvanization of the group and the integration in a common, monolithic and real identity.

Resultado de imagen de simbolos soviéticos THE SHIELD OF THE USSR.

The applied, general and sufficient education allows to create and transmit successively to the generations, an intellectual and moral commitment with the identity and interests and motivations of the group.

— The images, in the shape of cartels and assemblies, allow to expose to the uncultured ones the thoughts and common symbols.

— The symbols are essential in the exhibition of our personal and collective identity. In them are condensed and reflected many of our internal drives, of our lacks and of our aspirations, of our sense of group. The set of the symbols is called incompletely a «paraphernalia». The more a social group develops, the appearance and the importance of his symbols will go increasing for him.

The symbols of a group, which exhibit the reason, essence and belonging in it of the individual and of the group, are very varied:

Flags and banners; national and of a party and of group shields; badges, ranks and medals of belonging, category and of merits within the group; anthems and minor songs; prominent figures of diverse levels, in which the different sectors of a group or the community feel led and represented; statues of his great men, heroes and outstanding figures and sculptural compositions, which reflect essential or important moments of the social group.

Active participation in mass meetings increases the group’s sense of belonging and its unity.

Music is another highly used mean. Choral singing and instruments such as drum and trumpet are especially useful.

Architecture and sculpture also characterize a complex social idea and a civilization. They are a permanent expression of their essential or temporal beliefs. Over time, both adapt to them.

Cinema and radio are means of transferring thoughts, culture and belonging to the group. And, more modern, television is. That, at first, it did not have the effectiveness and the generality of employment of those.

Resultado de imagen de propaganda social

Internet is considered, as a means of propaganda, but for many, is a strange, unpredictable and negative mean. This is probably the case, because of its global, anonymous, free and controversial nature. On one hand, it is a channel of unverified information, almost by essence and definition. It is also, many times, a spokesperson for outbursts, even ruinous and vile, propagated by elusive elements and almost without responsibilities for it.

And the algorithms used in modern times make it possible to calculate and make various predictions, which are not verifiable. And already from the beginning of the phenomenon studied.

Nota bene. — This work is a complement to our study on the «Psychological War». We also recommend its reading in this «blog» to all those interested in the topic.



Al ser un fenómeno eminentemente práctico, la praxis de la propaganda se define por unas “normas o principios de actuación”.

La propaganda debe ser “simple, sencilla”. Tanto en su estructura, como en su concepto y transferencia a su “objetivo”. Por ello, se deben buscar y explotar con ella los conceptos básicos de nuestra doctrina e intereses. Y enunciarlos y presentarlos de una manera clara, fácil y oportuna. Tanto en las palabras (textos, consignas y lemas) como en las imágenes que empleemos para su difusión e impregnación en el grupo social. Y teniendo en cuenta los medios empleados y la inmediatez y profundidad que tengan que adquirir nuestras ideas en aquél al que van dirigidas.Resultado de imagen de propaganda social  PROPAGANDA CHINA CONTRA TAIWAN.

La propaganda tiene que ser empática. Es decir, debe crear y mantener adhesión, lealtad y simpatía hacia nuestras ideas e intereses en el grupo social seleccionado. Así, varios son los instrumentos específicos para lograr esa empatía fundamental del grupo con nosotros.

Se pueden magnificar los peligros exteriores o interiores que nos amenazan. Y resaltar nuestro papel de “víctima”, con las pérdidas y los sufrimientos que ello conlleva. Así, el maniqueismo, que plantea un dilema tajante bueno-malo, que es gris e impreciso en la realidad, se puede usar en nuestro favor.

Resultado de imagen de dios lo quiere


Es importante que en nuestro grupo social exista la unanimidad hacia nuestra causa e identidad. Y se pretende que lo sea, al menos, en el sentido práctico. No pueden existir “grupúsculos activos discordantes”, GAD, en ese grupo social.

Todo ello debe ser repetido y canalizado para mantener el “espíritu propicio” en el grupo, según su idiosincrasia. Y armonizar y orquestar las actuaciones y aspiraciones y los hechos, para darles la máxima efectividad y extensión en el “conjunto animado” con un propósito, “CAP”.

Es necesario que la religión habitual en el grupo nos apoye o, al menos, sea benevolente con nosotros. Esto refuerza extraordinariamente nuestra causa. Ya que la religión forma parte del sentido de identidad personal y colectiva del grupo social.

Dios está con nosotros”, figuraba en las hebillas de los soldados alemanes durante la II Guerra Mundial.

En Dios confiamos”, reza la moneda estadounidense.

Somos el pueblo de Dios”, dicen los judíos, los herejes husitas y la Umma o comunidad universal de los musulmanes.

La Cruzada en Europa”, titularon los Aliados sus campañas contra Alemania e Italia. Y es el título del libro de memorias de su jefe militar en Europa, Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Dios lo quiere”, decían los cruzados europeos en sus empresas de recuperación de Jerusalén para la Cristiandad.

Los medios empleados por la propaganda.

La palabra, en cualquier forma de expresión usada, es la creadora y el vehículo de los conceptos y de las ideas. Pensamos con las palabras, para elaborar nuestras ideas y definiciones. Esto explica también la necesidad y el resultado de poseer un vocabulario extenso y rico para el desarrollo cerebral y cognitivo. Y, para su mantenimiento y conservación.

Así, los documentos escritos de todas clases favorecen la galvanización del grupo y la integración en una identidad común, monolítica y real.

Resultado de imagen de simbolos soviéticos ESCUDO DE LA U.R.S.S.

La educación aplicada, general y suficiente permite crear y transmitir sucesivamente a las generaciones, un compromiso intelectual y moral con la identidad e intereses y motivaciones del grupo.

Las imágenes, en forma de carteles y montajes, permiten exponer a los iletrados los pensamientos y símbolos comunes.

Los símbolos son esenciales en la exhibición de nuestra identidad personal y colectiva. En ellos se condensan y se reflejan muchas de nuestras pulsiones internas, de nuestras carencias y de nuestras aspiraciones, de nuestro sentido de grupo. Al conjunto de los símbolos se las llama incompletamente “parafernalia”. Cuanto más se desarrolla un grupo social, la aparición y la importancia de sus símbolos irá en aumento para él.

Los símbolos de un colectivo, que exhiben la razón, esencia y pertenencia en aquél del individuo y del grupo, son muy variados:

Banderas y estandartes; escudos nacionales, de partido y de grupo; insignias, grados y medallas de pertenencia, de categoría y de méritos dentro de la colectividad; himnos y canciones menores; personajes de diversos niveles, donde se ven liderados y representados los distintos sectores de un grupo y la propia colectividad entera; estatuas de sus próceres, héroes y personajes descollantes y composiciones escultóricas, que reflejen momentos esenciales o importantes del grupo social.

La participación activa en las concentraciones de masas aumenta el sentido de pertenencia y de unidad del grupo.

La música es otro medio muy empleado. Son especialmente útiles el canto coral e instrumentos como el tambor y la trompeta.

Resultado de imagen de arquitectura nazi

La arquitectura y la escultura también caracterizan a una idea social compleja y a una civilización. Aquellas una expresión permanente de sus creencias esenciales o temporales. Con el paso del tiempo, ambas se van adaptando a ellas.

El cine y la radio son medios de transferencia de los pensamientos, la cultura y la pertenencia al grupo. Y, más modernamente, lo es la televisión. Que, al principio, no tuvo la eficacia y la generalidad de empleo de aquellos.

Resultado de imagen de propaganda social

La Red o Internet es considerada, como medio de propaganda y por muchos, como extraña, impredecible y negativa. Probablemente, ocurre así por su naturaleza global, anónima, libre e instrumento de polémica. Por un lado, es un canal de información no contrastada, casi por esencia y definición. Es, también, muchas veces, un vocero de exabruptos, incluso ruines y viles, propagados por elementos escurridizos y casi sin responsabilidades.

Y los algoritmos usados modernamente permiten calcular y hacer predicciones varias, que no son comprobables. Y ya desde el principio del fenómeno estudiado.

Nota.– Este trabajo es un complemento de nuestro estudio sobre la “Guerra Psicológica”. Recomendamos también su lectura en este “blog” a todos los interesados en el tema.

The Will of Defense of a Society. 2nd Part.


And the Strategy, the Operational Strategy and the Tactics, as Levels of its Military Actuation.


The Levels of Military Actuation.

The first level of activity in the defense of a society is called national strategy or, also, in a some antiquated form, great strategy. In it are included the economic and diplomatic resources of the State. As part of the resources of a nation to get his great strategics aims in a war.

Resultado de imagen de montesquieu  THE BARON OF MONTESQUIEU.


Military Strategy, or simply Strategy, in a great second level of activity, refers to the definition of the larger aims of a war, of an operations theater or of a campaign, including the distribution of the generally scanty military resources used to fulfill them.

Tactics refers to the ideal execution of the combats with an enemy, who opposes with armaments, to the achievement of our strategic aims.

Between strategy and tactics exists an essentially practical space of prominent activity, called the operational level or operational strategy. Its mission is to optimize tactics and the means available in a campaign and in the theater of operations. As such, it defines and conceptualizes the battles, marches, etc., both the military operations and its correct succession, according to those decisive aims. It provides the tactics and the decision, a transcendence far beyond of the pursuit and the tactical exploitation of success. That is to say, operational strategy employs tactics as an essential instrument, combining them to achieve the ultimate objectives to which they are orientated and dedicated to achieving, forming then part of its strategic nature.


Thus, the operational strategy defines its own aims in the theater or in the campaign of action, which are the incapacity and disorganization of the enemy by exploiting his strategic and operational vulnerabilities. The first is orientated to reducing the enemy’s combat capacity, seeking to functionally or positionaly disable it, while protecting own’s combat capacity. The second is get by occupying or destroying the enemy’s critical vulnerabilities in the operations zone.

Resultado de imagen de refinería de petróleo OIL REFINERY: SYMBOL OF THE ECONOMIC STRENGTH OF A MODERN SOCIETY.


The critics vulnerabilities of the enemy are those whose occupation or destruction produces his serious disorganization and/or the loss of his will of defense. They are those elements, characteristics, possessions that give sense to the fight that he maintains. Its loss instills inevitably in the enemy a sensation of hopelessness and a sense of uselessness in continuing the fight at those moments, except for accumulating more losses.

The critics vulnerabilities are different in each one of the levels of military action, although the effects produced in the superior levels are transmitted to the inferior ones.

A strategic critical vulnerability, handled capably by the Spaniards in century XVI during the conquest of America, was the capture of the great chief or emperor of the indigenous confederations of the great invaded countries (Moctezuma in Mexico, Atahualpa in Peru). But, once turned hostage, the symbolic representation of a leader of this type plummeted, because the social vitality of the community which he directed, demands his renovation, as if he had died.

In II World War, the occupation of the capital and the fall of the government were strategic critics vulnerabilities, to which was acceded through an operational strategy of mobile warfare: spring campaign of 1,940 in the Western Front. The same tried Hitler in 1941 in relation with Moscow in the East front. Probably in that total war, almost of extermination, its fall had not the political importance that was attributed to it. But Moscow constituted a great hub, a railway communications center vital for all the U.R.S.S. at the west of the Urales and, in this sense, it had been a critical operational vulnerability.

To achieve these strategic intermediate aims, the operational level has some specific operational means that are the intelligence, the imbalance and the incapacity of the enemy, the time or speed of the operations and combats, the logistic organization and his physical support or line of supplies and the correct sense of the own command.

It uses these means to drive and to use ideally (and without squandering) the tactical-operational means at his disposition.

Resultado de imagen de reuniones sindicales grandes  THE NATIONAL MORAL FLOURISHES IN ALL THE PLACES OF SOCIAL COEXISTENCE.

These are:

The ground transitability (in the whole geographical dimension of the nature of the areas, climate, station and hour of the day),

the combat capacity (military means made concrete in men, equipment, supports and combat vehicles) and the capacity of operational movement (transport of great and small tonnage, the supplies of all kinds and combustibles and the warehouses and accessible parks in the zone) owns available,

the freedom of action and the «favorable interfaces of action» with the enemy (that exist and that they can also be created always, by means of the extension or decrease of the «field of action» on that, as a tactical operational zoom, or by means of his change to another front sector or in the depth of the enemy zone). With these last 2 «systems» we can act always according to our criterion and interest and not simply react to the actions of the enemy.

This way, the mentioned «operational systems» realize the employment and the functioning of all the levels of the national defense. And they go from the conception and the great creation of aims, interests and available resources, received from the command and the nation, up to its practical final accomplishment. Involving in this also the necessary and the inevitable and imposed by the enemy, tactical employments of the military means, as stages for the ideal achievement of those commended aims.


La Voluntad de Defensa de una Sociedad. 2ª Parte.


Y la Estrategia, la Estrategia Operativa y la Táctica, como Niveles de su Actuación Militar.

Entre ambos niveles de la actuación militar existe un espacio de actividad eminente y esencialmente práctico, llamado nivel operativo o estrategia operativa. Su misión es optimizar los empleos de la táctica y de los medios disponibles en la campaña y en el teatro de operaciones. Para ello define y conceptualiza las batallas, las marchas, etc., en definitiva, tanto las operaciones militares como su correcta sucesión, en función de aquellos objetivos decisivos. Con ello brinda a la táctica y a la decisión a la que ésta se orienta, una trascendencia superior, que está mucho más allá de la persecución y de la explotación del éxito. Es decir, la estrategia operativa utiliza a la táctica como uno de sus instrumentos inmediatos. Integrándolos para alcanzar los objetivos últimos que se le han confiado y orientándose a ellos, participando entonces de su naturaleza estratégica.


Así, la estrategia operativa define unos objetivos propios en el teatro o en la campaña de actuación, que son la incapacitación y la desorganización del enemigo, a través de la acción sobre sus vulnerabilidades operativas y estratégicas. La primera se orienta contra la capacidad de combate enemiga, buscando incapacitarla posicional o funcionalmente, y simultáneamente protegiendo la propia. La segunda se logra por la ocupación o la destrucción de sus vulnerabilidades críticas en la zona de operaciones.

Estas vulnerabilidades son aquellos elementos, posesiones o razones que dan sentido a la lucha que el enemigo sostiene contra nosotros. Es decir, cuya pérdida le infunde inevitablemente una sensación de desesperanza y un sentido de inutilidad en proseguir la lucha en esas circunstancias, como no sea para acumular más pérdidas.

Una vulnerabilidad crítica estratégica, manejada hábilmente por nosotros en el siglo XVI durante la conquista de América, fue la captura del gran jefe o emperador de las confederaciones indígenas en los grandes países a colonizar (Moctezuma, Atahualpa). Pero su efecto era temporal. Una vez convertido en rehén, el valor simbólico de un caudillo de este tipo caía en picado, porque la vitalidad nacional de la colectividad a la que dirigía exigía su renovación, como si hubiese muerto. Pronto se elegía a un nuevo Gran Emplumado, entre los miembros de su clan o de su sociedad guerrera.

Resultado de imagen de edificios grandes bancos EL BANCO DE ESPAÑA. EL DINERO ES UN ESTÍMULO DE LA ECONOMÍA.

En la II Guerra Mundial, la ocupación de la capital y la caída del gobierno eran vulnerabilidades críticas estratégicas, a las que se accedía a través de una estrategia operativa de guerra móvil ofensiva: campaña de primavera de 1940 en el frente occidental. Lo mismo intentó Hitler en 1941 en el frente soviético con relación a Moscú. Seguramente en esa guerra total, casi de exterminio, del frente del Este, su caída no hubiese tenido la trascendencia que se le atribuía. Pero Moscú constituía un gran “nudo” viario, un centro de comunicaciones ferroviarias vital para toda la URSS al oeste de los montes Urales y, en este sentido, sí hubiese sido una vulnerabilidad crítica permanente del nivel militar operativo.

Para lograr estos objetivos estratégicos intermedios, el nivel operativo tiene unos medios específicos operativos que son la inteligencia, el desequilibrio y la incapacitación del enemigo, el tiempo o velocidad de las operaciones y de los combates, la organización logística y su soporte físico o línea de abastecimientos y el sentido correcto del propio mando.

Estos medios los emplea para conducir y utilizar óptimamente (sin despilfarros) los medios táctico-operativos a su disposición.

Éstos son:

la transitabilidad del terreno (en toda la dimensión geográfica de la naturaleza de los terrenos, clima, estación y hora del día),

Resultado de imagen de misiles nucleares COHETES BALÍSTICOS RUSOS «TOPOL».

la capacidad de combate (medios militares concretados en hombres, equipos, apoyos y vehículos de combate) y la capacidad de movimiento operativo (transportes de grande y pequeño tonelaje, los repuestos de todo tipo y combustibles y los depósitos y parques accesibles en la zona) propias disponibles,

la libertad de acción y las “interfases de acción” favorables con el enemigo (que existen y que se pueden también crear siempre, mediante la ampliación o disminución del “campo de acción” sobre aquél, como un zoom táctico operativo, o mediante su cambio a otro sector del frente o en la profundidad de la zona enemiga). Con estos 2 últimos “sistemas” podemos actuar siempre según nuestro criterio e interés y no simplemente reaccionar a las acciones del enemigo.

De esta manera los 10 “sistemas operativos” citados realizan el empleo y el funcionamiento de todos los niveles de la defensa nacional. Y van a partir de la concepción y la gran creación de objetivos, intereses y recursos disponibles, recibidas del mando y de la nación, hasta la realización práctica final. Implicando en ésta también a los necesarios y a los inevitables e impuestos por el enemigo, empleos tácticos de los medios militares, como etapas para la consecución óptima de aquellos objetivos encomendados.

Resultado de imagen de reuniones sindicales grandes  LA MORAL NACIONAL SE GESTA EN TODOS LOS SITIOS DE CONVIVENCIA SOCIAL.

Y, ¿por qué llamamos sistemas a estas funciones operativas de variada y compleja naturaleza y a los órganos o fenómenos que las dirigen, procuran y ejecutan o causan (como es el caso de la transitabilidad)? Un “sistema” es un conjunto de órganos, fenómenos o cosas que, ordenadamente relacionadas entre sí, contribuyen a determinado objeto. En un sistema complejo existirán una jerarquía, la especialización de sus órganos y unos objetivos e intenciones o resultados. Las funciones, en su conjunto y en razón de las interacciones que ocurren dentro del sistema, tienen un efecto integrador sobre él, y sinérgico con relación a los objetivos generales del mismo.




The author realizes a methodical and deep critique of the different fighting forms in each of the historical epochs.

It is specially hard and mordant with the form of fight of the Germans during the World War II. His aim is to degrade and minimize it, to reduce it importance and validity in the history of the ground operations. Depriving this way the evolution of the American theory on the those operations, of any intellectual influence or debt with the doctrine of the German war.

The one that the author considers to be more opportunist and tactics, that complete and scientific. And he thinks that it was favored in its results by the lacks and the mistakes of its enemies. It is possible that an academic analysis of the form of German fight, approaches to give this verdict.

But, the evidence is the touchstone of the reality without appearances. And the case is that the Germans triumphed widely and extensively with that one, during the first stage of the World War II in Europe: 1939 1942. During which, his enemies could learn of the tactics, technologies and the German operational strategy. Since it extended too much in the time, on having multiplied the theatres of the war.

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And that, in the last phase of the war: 1943-1945, the Germans were exceeded, overwhelmed and, finally, defeated. To what contributed the qualitative and quantitative differences in the logistic flows, which supported both armed rivals; the enormous bleeding of the German commands and cadres, which turned out to be irrecoverable and reduced the qualities of his units; and the quantitative demography of the Allies.

Naveh grants wide quality and esteem to the military doctrine of the Soviets. That he considers to be scientific, because it was following a linear process of arguments, logic and results (that for a long time, were only longed for or foreseen). And that was adapting and guiding specifically and really, to an army of slightly educated masses and nourished by a resounding demography. That always had an insufficient logistic support, when it was not precarious. The mechanization of the infantry to collaborate with the tanks, was always a longing and a hope, more than an average real capacity.

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At the first times after the Bolshevik revolution, even directed by the young theorist of the deep maneuver, general Mikhail Tujachevski, the Russian armies remembered «slow and exhausting hordes» in their marches. That were living for the sustenance from the own or strangly territory where they were advancing. The men more relatively educated, always scanty, were enlisted in the technical weapons: artillery, engineers, aviation. Or in the most effective and necessary branches for the penetration and the exploitation of the enemy operational rear: tanks, Guard infantry.

Finally, Shimon Naveh concentrates his efforts, summary and praises in the long process of development of the American AirLand Battle doctrine and his following updates. Whose kindness and efficiency got reality in the air and ground offensive against the Iraqi regime in the War of the Gulf of 1991, looking for the liberation of Kuwait from the power of Saddam Hussein. War that was the touchstone of that doctrine supposedly culminada.

Initiated the ground offensive, the American forces and his allies rapidity faced to practically all the Iraqi forces that were occupying and defending Kuwait. From the Persian Gulf operated the naval forces, that threatening with an amphibious disembarkation on the narrow coasts of the emirate. From the south, the American marines took charge in fixing the Iraqi forces of the south flank of the defense. Confirming this way, for the Iraqis, that the assault front of the allies would be the south and east.

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But, at the south of Iraq / Kuwait, the bulk of the Allies mechanized forces penetrated in whirlwind along the western front of the Iraqi deployment, blind and static. Immediately afterwards to be divided this allied deployment in several advance spears, over all the Iraqi units of this flank.

The campaign was a great atrition operation: of the strongest against the strong, for the major technological means and capacities of the Allies. Where a simultaneous assault was looked, to the Soviet style, to all the steps of the enemy order of battle and in the depth of his defensive rigid deployment. In the south of this one there existed armored or motorized Iraqi divisions, ready to counter-attack any allied penetration. Towards the center and north, there was the thickness of the Republican Guard, ready to counter-attack any operational Allied action.

Where a simultaneous attack was looked for, of the Soviet style, to all the levels of the enemy order of battle and in the depth of his defensive rigid deployment. In the south of this existed armored or motorized Iraqi divisions, ready to counter-attack any Allied penetration. Towards the center and north, was the bulk of the Republican Guard, ready to counter-attack any Allied operational action.

The concentrations, maneuvers and actions neither were searching, nor had, a gravity center of the efforts. That was successively defined and applied as the campaign was developing. But, using the already mentioned advantages, the allied forces were seeking to fix and crush the enemy units at their range, by a direct and almost joint form. Creating really this way, a battle of encircle and annihilation, of the family of Cannas and Tannenberg, where the liquidation of the siege was done by parts and was uniformly accelerated in the time.

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The Iraqi divisions at the east were submitted to the central and direct control of Saddam Hussein and his Central Staff. That depriving them of initiative, flexibility and freedom of action. If not, some Allies’s corps or divisions could have been put in difficulties by the action of some great Iraqi unit. After the beginning of the ground attack and having the Allies the air supremacy in the campaign, the Iraqis were deprived of the operational exploration. So, the surrounding maneuver of the Allies by the east and towards their rearward, was concealed to them.



The operational Strategy in the Irregular War.

Naveh, nevertheless, does not approach, far from it penetrates and analyzes, a type of war that already existed from a lot of time ago. Before the genesis and ripeness of the American operational strategy. And that is the guerrilla warfare, word taken from the Spanish by all the languages. The one that, pompously, the Anglo-Saxons called war of IVth generation. Though it is almost as ancient as the human conflict. The modern technological armies find difficulties to face this form of fight. Using the means, the doctrine and his regulations, the order of battle and the trainings with which they are provided.

The guerrilla war is synonymous of long and deeply rooted conflict in the civil society, where it appears and develops. It is of low military intensity, except in its last stage (if she reaches it) and of great ideological politicization and polarization of the rivals. These characteristics do that inevitably the civilians are involved in her and that the military conflict is arbitrary, hard and cruel. There face positions and antagonistic interests, which, in the use of the violence, derive towards her limits and that of the suffering of whom involve her.

The author might speak about the application of the operational strategy in the guerrilla warfare. Or used in the direction and the operations of the elite units (marines, rangers, SEALs, etc.), that realize counterinsurgency missions. Here, the gravit centers of the efforts, globally coordinated, include the economic, military, political and social areas. And will exist in these fields and will be applied in a harmonic, joint and coordinated way. Working for a common and convergent effort, using different combinations of means in the different cases that appear.

A central counterinsurgency command will exist, that must bring together and direct the efforts, means and actions. In agreement with the specialization of the means that act and the actions and the aims that are looked for in each of the mentioned levels or fields of action. A characteristic of the acts and their effects is that they must be convergent. Looking for the multiplication and increase of these and the synergy of the first ones. This way, in any action, from a level of forces, budget or looked for results, will act the Counterinsurgency Command.

As examples, in the military area will be gravity centers the semipermanent bases, the communications between the bands and with the countrymen, including the logistics, and the movements of the rebels groups. The static defense will be kept in the centers and means necessary for the effort of war. Others will have to defend by a system of garrisons for the defense of the territory. That will be supported by a military system of mobile patrols and of reconnaissance and of ground attack aviation. The special units will realize deep incursions of attack, exploration and harassment in the areas in dispute with the guerrillas or in power of these.

The Will of Defense of a Society.

And the Strategy, the Operational Strategy and the Tactics, as Levels of its Military Actuation

The Ideology or Concept and its Range.

The “will of defense” of a nation is its capacity to cause, create, develop and maintain defense forces. The strength of the defense forces, in turn, rely on the necessary support of the economy of the country and the diplomacy of the state. The will of defense is an expression of the will of being and the vital capacity, even biological, of a society. This concept overcomes and perfects the so called hybrid war or of V generation. That implies and supposes the employment of all his «orthodox and heterodox means of intervention» by the social belligerent group.



As the term implies, will of defense is healthy, normal and sufficient when defense forces and the strength of the country’s economy and the quality of state leadership and diplomacy are proportional and adapted to the political objectives of society. These must also be adequate to the possible threats that the country may have to oppose, both within and out the country, within its geopolitical region or other sources of threat. This capacity and its performance in different situations stems from a correct “national moral”.

The will of defense is shaped normally in the Armed Forces, in its capacity of specific instruments of the defense function. The resources of the Armed Forces include the human resources, psychological and intellectual resources and material resources. The basis for the will of defense, the source from which these resources flow is the society itself.

At the level of human resources, troops must have suitable training, the combat readiness and a certain esprit de corps. Human resources are shaped by doctrine, military direction and military moral. So, they can carry out the military operations withstanding the effort and the wear of them, while maintaining their conviction in the missions to which they are assigned.

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Materials resources must support the military theory of the Armed Forces and have the necessary technological sophistication to serve the military’s objectives. They include the weapon systems and all the military hardware. All of these resources flow from a society that provides, maintains and nourishes them.

Which is operational about this natural phenomenon of the society’s capacity of defense?

In a modern society, the chain of transmission of the popular will to the Armed Forces, passes through a series of intermediate sociological gears of authorities and institutions. In them, crystallize and fulfill the popular will, albeit with all the shades, errors and deviations, derived from the degree of imperfection of society’s institutional system and of some authorities.

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This implies that a direct military attack on the civil populace, does not debilitate the will of defense already shaped within its Armed Forces. So, military action is better focused on undermining the will of defense of the enemy armies, not on the society from which it springs.

To do this, the immediate goal would be the enemy’s Armed Forces, followed by the political system of the enemy’s country including its political objectives, plans, and alliances, as well as its military and auxiliary industries. Only finally would the focus of attack or pressure be on civilians of the enemy country.

The civil population, which is not intrinsically organized but is dominated by the ideological and institutional apparatus of the state, is capable of absorbing tremendous military blows. Examples of this are the bombing raids that Germany and North Vietnam endured for years. Ultimately, only the invasion of Germany forced its surrender. There is also the case of Iraq which was submitted to a kind of military siege in which its people were impoverished. Still, the Iraqi regime was even stronger than at the end of the allied invasion in the winter of l991, having suppressed internal opposition from Shiites and Kurds and having attracted the support or admiration of its resistance in the Arab world. Despite the first war against Iraq and the following siege, Iraqi’s did not rise against their political institutions and the content and expression of Iraq’s national will of defense was not altered. In the most radical case of a nuclear war, great civilian losses would occur initially, yet if the Armed Forces remained relatively intact due to defensive deployment and protection measures, it could prolong the defense of its country and even win.

This brings us to time as the environment in which the will of defense is expressed, and whose “effective factor” is “national moral”.

In effect, the will of defense is constructed in the time. And to destroy it requires actions within time. Those engaged in insurrection come to understand this point well. That a prolonged war directed at the source of the will of defense, the country’s people, will in effect attack the country’s national moral.

The National Moral, source of the Will of Defense.

The “national moral” is the collective conviction of how best to live by following historically-proven trends of peace, progress, own satisfaction, service and justice. This certainty is assumed by a society as its own vision, or conception of its destiny.

When individuals or groups do not subscribe this vision, or when they pervert it, the quality of national moral can deteriorates and often produces messianism. But, without illusion and enthusiasm, societies cannot achieve or create beneficial enterprises. Enthusiasm is a force of spirit, which conquers moral and ideological entropy (that is inevitably generated in societies), enlightened by a «reasonable illusion«.

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When leaders also are in tune with the right social trend, and with the wishes of their people, a moral community is established between leaders and their people, that harmonizes and promotes national and social feelings. This process is the origin and creator of the national moral of societies and is at a different qualitative level than that of purely biased, ethnically-based or group-based interests.

There is an ideological creation from the people and to the people, which reason is that it most be in favor the people. Still, this process remains subject to deviations and historical aberrations.

The process of creating the national moral are positive when leaders act collectively with honesty and inspire their people to follow «correct ways» of living, within all the possible ways of living available to them. This implies and demands a certain ideological control on the part of the state’s leadership, which is one of its main functions. Abuses of this responsibility are best represented by Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda, Mr. Goebbels; the political deputies and the party structure for the proletarian dictatorship with Stalin, etc.

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The natural organs for forming and transmitting the “national moral” are far removed from official propaganda offices. The reason is that the natural organs that generate national moral are found in the nuclei of society’s collective action and in its natural and institutional leaders. That is to say, the spaces in which national moral is created are homes, schools, churches, political parties, unions, working centers, and associations in general, etc.

After the battle of England, Churchill said that the future generations would say that «that one was our more glorious hour». This was possible thanks to an unbreakable social discipline, which was not ensuing from the study of manuals of civic education, but of the follow-up of a model spread by infinity of personal testimonies. The diffusion of the moral model of the citizen owed in a great extent to the educational labor of the Anglican Church.

The own Montesquieu admitted that the republican virtues only existed in the tales of the antiquity. This way, they were attractive to a leader minority, but his adoption by the citizens could not be done by legal or constitutional mandate. The moral theoretically proposed values, were seen as something artificial and remote. Without real connection with a practical and known moral code, highlighted with alive examples that could be follow.



La Voluntad de Defensa de una Sociedad.

Y la Estrategia, la Estrategia Operativa y la Táctica, como Niveles de su Actuación Militar.

El Concepto y su Alcance.

Llamamos “voluntad de defensa” de una nación a su capacidad para propiciar, crear, desarrollar y mantener unas fuerzas de defensa, que cuenten con el apoyo necesario y sinérgico de la economía del país y de la diplomacia del estado. La voluntad de defensa es una expresión de la voluntad de ser y de la capacidad vital, incluso biológica, de una sociedad.

Este concepto supera y perfecciona a la así llamada guerra híbrida o de V generación. Que implica y supone el empleo de todos sus “medios de intervención” ortodoxos y heterodoxos por el grupo social o nación beligerante.


Como tal expresión, será sana, normal y suficiente, cuando las fuerzas de defensa y el apoyo diplomático y de la economía nacional que se les brinde a aquéllas, sean adecuadas y proporcionales a los objetivos políticos de la sociedad. Y también, a las posibles amenazas que tenga que soportar, tanto desde el interior de su territorio como desde el exterior, bien de su región geopolítica como de otras.

Esta capacidad y su actuación en los diferentes casos brotan de una “moral nacional” correcta.

La voluntad de defensa se plasma normalmente en las fuerzas armadas, en su calidad de instrumentos específicos de la función de defensa. Las fuerzas armadas constan de unos medios humanos, de unos medios intelectuales y anímicos y de unos medios materiales. Imbricando todo y proporcionándolo, existe el apoyo de la retaguardia, o mejor, de la sociedad.

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Los medios humanos deben poseer el entrenamiento adecuado, la disposición combativa y un cierto espíritu de cuerpo. Ellos se conforman, mediante los medios intelectuales y anímicos, que son la doctrina y su empleo, la dirección o mandos y la moral militar, en los instrumentos capaces de realizar con éxito las operaciones militares, capaces de hacerles superar el esfuerzo y el desgaste que ellas requieren y de comprometerse con las misiones encomendadas.

Los medios materiales deben ser acordes con la teoría militar de las fuerzas armadas y adecuados al nivel tecnológico necesario y a los objetivos señalados. Comprenden los sistemas de armas y todo el soporte físico directo de las mismas.

Por último, el apoyo de la sociedad proporciona, sostiene y nutre todo.

¿Cuál es la operativa de este fenómeno natural de la capacidad de defensa social?

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En una sociedad moderna, la cadena de transmisión de la voluntad popular a las fuerzas armadas, pasa por una serie de engranajes sociológicos intermedios de autoridades e instituciones. En ellos se va cristalizando y cumpliendo la voluntad popular, con todos los matices, errores y desviaciones, que se derivan del grado de imperfección del sistema institucional de la sociedad y de determinadas autoridades.

Esto implica que el ataque militar directo a la población civil, no debilita la voluntad de defensa ya concretada en las fuerzas armadas. O sea, la acción militar sobre la voluntad de defensa del enemigo debe realizarse sobre lo que es expresión de ella, sus fuerzas armadas, y no primeramente sobre la fuente de la misma.

El primer objetivo serían las fuerzas armadas enemigas. Luego estarían los órganos de gobierno, sus objetivos políticos, sus planes y sus alianzas y las industrias de guerra y auxiliares. Por último estaría la población civil enemiga.

La población civil, sin organización intrínseca, dominada por el aparato ideológico e institucional del estado, es capaz de asimilar tremendos golpes militares. Ahí tenemos los bombardeos durante años de Alemania, el Japón y Vietnam del Norte. Sólo la invasión de aquélla obligó a su rendición. Sin reaccionar por ello el pueblo contra la institución política y sin que se alterase sustancialmente la expresión nacional de la voluntad de defensa, alcanzada previamente. El caso más radical sería el de una guerra nuclear, en la que, con grandes pérdidas civiles iniciales, unas fuerzas armadas relativamente intactas, por su despliegue y protección, y bien dotadas, podrían prolongar la defensa e incluso vencer.

Esto nos permite definir al tiempo como el medio en el que actúa la voluntad de defensa, cuyo factor eficaz es la “moral nacional”.

En efecto, la voluntad de defensa se construye en el tiempo. Y para demolerla es necesario actuar sobre ella durante un tiempo. Ésta es la forma de actuar de la insurrección, en una guerra prolongada dirigida a la fuente de aquélla, el pueblo, atacando su moral nacional.

La Moral Nacional, fuente de la Voluntad de Defensa.

La “moral nacional” es la convicción colectiva de estar viviendo y siguiendo las corrientes históricas correctas de paz, progreso, satisfacción propia, servicio y justicia. Dicha certeza debe ser asumida por la sociedad como un destino propio y más o menos claro de realización.

La falta de cualquiera de las características anteriores o su perversión, puede deteriorar la calidad de dicha moral nacional, que no debe pretender nunca alumbrar un mesianismo. Pero, sin ilusión y entusiasmo no se pueden emprender ni realizar empresas de provecho. El entusiasmo es una fuerza del espíritu, que vence a la entropía moral e ideológica (generada casi inevitablemente en las sociedades), iluminada por una “ilusión razonable”.

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Cuando los dirigentes, a su vez, toman conciencia de estar sirviendo a la corriente social justa, que su pueblo desea y pide, se establece entre ambos una comunión moral, que armoniza y potencia los sentimientos nacionales y sociales implicados. Este proceso es el origen y el creador de la moral nacional de cualquier sociedad y está a otro nivel cualitativo de los intereses puramente partidistas, étnicos y de grupos.

Se establece una creación ideológica desde el pueblo y hacia el pueblo, cuya razón es que sea a favor del pueblo. En este proceso se pueden generar también desviaciones y aún aberraciones históricas.

El proceso de creación de la moral nacional será positivo cuando los dirigentes actúen colectivamente con honradez e inspiren “caminos” correctos”, dentro de las posibles líneas de acción, bastante generales y aún ambiguas, que resuenan desde las masas populares. Esto implica y demanda un cierto dirigismo ideológico por parte de todo el sector dirigente, no sólo los políticos y funcionarios, y que es una función principal. Los abusos estarían representados por el Ministerio de Propaganda de Herr Joseph Goebbels. los comités de bolivarianos de Chávez, los comisarios políticos y la estructura del partido para la dictadura del proletariado con Stalin, etc.

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Pero los órganos naturales de formación y de transmisión de la “moral nacional” están muy lejos de las oficinas de propaganda oficiales. La razón es que ellos son también los núcleos de la actividad colectiva de la sociedad y de sus dirigentes naturales e institucionales. Es decir, lo son los hogares las escuelas, las iglesias, los partidos políticos, los sindicatos, los centros de trabajo, las asociaciones en general, etc.

Tras la batalla de Inglaterra, Churchill dijo que las generaciones futuras dirían que “aquélla fue nuestra hora más gloriosa”. Esto fue posible gracias a una inquebrantable disciplina social, que no resultaba del estudio de manuales de educación cívica, sino del seguimiento de un modelo propagado por infinidad de testimonios personales. La difusión del modelo moral del ciudadano se debió en gran medida a la labor educativa de la Iglesia anglicana.

El propio Montesquieu reconocía que las virtudes republicanas sólo existían en los relatos de la antigüedad. Así, resultaban atractivas para una minoría dirigente, pero su adopción por los ciudadanos no podía hacerse por mandato legal o constitucional. Los valores morales teóricamente propuestos, se veían como algo artificial y remoto, sin conexión real con un código moral práctico y conocido, resaltado con ejemplos vivos que pudieran seguirse.

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Los Niveles de la Actuación Militar.

Al primer nivel de la actividad de la defensa de una sociedad organizada se le llama estrategia nacional o, también, algo anticuadamente, gran estrategia. En ella se deben considerar también los recursos económicos y diplomáticos del estado, como parte de los medios de una nación para conseguir sus grandes objetivos estratégicos en una guerra.

La estrategia militar o estrategia a secas trata, en un gran segundo nivel de actividad de la defensa nacional, de la definición de los grandes objetivos de una guerra, de un teatro de operaciones o de una campaña y de la asignación de los medios militares, generalmente escasos o muy escasos, para alcanzarlos.

La táctica se dedica a la realización óptima de los combates frente a un enemigo, que se opone por medios bélicos al logro de nuestros objetivos estratégicos.


The modern Hybrid Warfare. 3rd. Part.


The Multifunctional, Total or Multisubject Wars.

In general, the attacks are realized to the software of a system, looking for a «weakness» of this one. And using the malicious codes, the back entrances, etc. A penetration or attack to the software is prevented in general with an antivirus adapted to the received virus. To attack the hardware is necessary to act on the «physical component» of the computer. And his detection, with the nowadays existing miniaturization, turns out to be very improbable and long in the time, until the devastation is detected. The best way of acceding to the hardware is realizing the intrusion in the factories of components and of assemblies. But these are protected by control measures of components and external equipment, based on the nationality and the producer of them.

The cyberattacks go to cybernetic networks of the society, both public and private, to the communications and means of control of equipment and networks. Becoming concrete definite in the facilities of different out-standing or strategic sectors of a country or alliance; like, industrial centers, military communications, administrative public negotiations, social opened networks, energy distributors, intranets of banks and economic means. And they seek to paralyze or to disturb the functioning of them or to distribute in them more or less opened tendentious information, to alter or to direct the public or particular general opinion in favor of the interests not always evident of the attackers.

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The cyberattact is a «total attack» of swarm type; that is, of multiple and simultaneous or sequential character. It is directed on the economic, administrative, civil and military structures, which hold and allow that a «social group» should work. It is a «form of fight» in the cybernetic area. Where «one» seeks «to occupy» tactical or strategic «advantageous positions«. And «to damage» the enemy, preventing him from keep his pace, his «habitual tempo» of functioning and stealing and depriving him sometimes of the costly goods of research and development created by him. And that were allowing him to keep a competitive advantage in national «intervention means» in the industrial, economic and military fields. A branch of the cyberattack is the industrial espionage.

With them is achieved to seriously concern and debilitate the diplomatic, economic, military and civil sectors of a society. In the civilian is the original humus, the social essence, as creator of the «national morale» and the «will of defense» of the social group. Being those sectors the «means of intervention» with which a State counts for his global, holistic defense, against the aggression and external and internal dangers.

It is known the supposedly American attack using an advanced virus against the software of the Iranian centrifugal machines. That were operating to separate the isotopes of the Uranium 235 and Uranium 239 (not fissionable), using his different “molecular mass”. Seeking to obtain U235 enough pure to create «self fissionable critical masses«, the explosive of the atomic bombs, for his supposed nuclear devices. As the % of purity between an industrial use, to generate electricity, for example, and the great purity that needs a «critical mass», both «activities of successive enrichment» are perfectly recognizable by the foreign intelligence. In May, 2010 it was detected by the Iranians a malicious virus, called Stuxnet, in the of Nataz’s nuclear station. And that gave to a thousand of them the «order» of self-destructing. But, already in January of this year, the inspectors of the Atomic International Energy Agency (the AIEA) and the Iranian technical personnel had detected that many centrifugal machines were working slowly or badly and without a certain motive.

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China takes a privileged singular position as a «great universal factory» in the global economy. And the same sells cheap products of immediate consumption on a large scale, that compete principally in price, which makes already products of high added value with the most modern technologies. This allowed him to lead one of the most significant and consistent cases of cyberattacks on a large scale against a country or coalition. The history was published by Bloomberg.

The agents of a unit of espionage and cybernetic war of the Chinese Popular Army managed to place some malicious «components» in the motherboards of IT equipment of the Supermike company, of San Jose, California. Who buys to Chinese factories, which have, in turn, subcontracts and suppliers of components in China. This way, the IT equipment with this «Trojan horse» allowed the cybernetic Chinese spies to accede for 3 years to industrial and governmental secrets of the EE. UU.

The anomalies emerged in 2015, when Elementary Technologies, who was designing software to compress files, reported of them in the baseplates of his cybernetic servants. Around 30 technological companies existed, between them Amazon and Apple, and diverse agencies of American intelligence, «invaded» in the Chinese attack. It was verified that the cybernetic servants of Elementary were mounted by Supermike, which is the major world producer of cybernetic servants.

It was found that some plates of the cybernetic servants had installed a «perfected component» that did not appear in his design and that it was not a chip. This multifunctional «foreign corps» would have been placed in 4 factories of China that mount the cybernetic servants of Supermike.

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The physical interventions in the hardware are more difficult, because all customers theoretically verify the equipment that they make or buy. Attack to the other people’s hardware foreign are doing usually during his traffic from the manufacturer to the client. That is the method that the American agencies use. But this malicious and comfortable manipulation of the Chinese spies can be effected because China is the great manufacturer (with license or without her) of hardware (computers, mobiles). And the directors and controls of his factories collaborate of well or badly degree with the «requests of the authorities», in a wide sense.

And, finally, some days ago was important the recidivist case, still not close, of the Chinese giant of the telecommunications Hua Wei. This way, the agencies of intelligence of the U.S.A- has warned that must not be used the products and services of Huawei and ZTE. Accusing that the terminals of these brands might be working as «cybernetic concealed agents«, spying for the Chinese government. Also, the Pentagon has prohibited to his personnel to introduce in the military bases the products of these brands.

China, as a great power example, of realizing his own and adapted «combinations» of means of intervention in his different stages.

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One first Chinese national foreign objective is to promote the multipolarity in the world structure of the great powers and his allies. Looking that does not exist a world hegemonic power, like the USA, that hinders him in the extension of his influence and power from his «nodal center«.

For it, he will create alliances and will establish agreements with others countries in detriment or in substitution of that hegemonic power. And he will be a «obstructionist intransigent actor» in all the actions that that power promotes unilaterally in the international forums (UNO, Atomic International Energy Agency). This way, the actions of the western nations in the Syrian conflict were frustrated and limited by the systematic veto of China to his approval in the Security Council. Though the Chinese communists consider to be out of the fight for the direct influence in the Moslem Middle East. And, the Chinese decision to renew his relations with the Sub-Saharan Africa, it was partly a strategic corollary of the «war to the terror» of the USA and the NATO in Middle East, as supplier region of crude oil and gas to the whole world.


China is for Russia and Russia is for China a partner, competitor and rival, if it is worth this polyvalent definition, which does that none of the expressions is in fullness. Both are «emergent powers«, according to the new nomenclature, determined in growing, in not get damage directly for the moment and in eroding the hegemonic power and his Europeans allied.

This way, the Chinese would not act directly, not by third interposed countries, in Syria, in the boiling cauldron of the Asia of the Southwest, scene of the global contest that sunnis and Shiites develop for the control and the supremacy in the Islam. But they will do it collaborating up to a point with the interests and the diplomatic propositions of the Russians. Reinforcing this way a political common position of counterweight and neutralization of the influence of West in the zone. And in exchange for a certain Russian reciprocity in favor of the Chinese interests, in other countries in which do not shock the national influences of both. Resultado de imagen de china Paracelso y Spratly. A CHINESE NAVAL BASE OF MISILES IN A SMALL ISLAND OF THE PARACELSO’S ARCHIPELAGO .

A strategic exterior Chinese preference goes towards the Indian subcontinent and to the nations of the first Asian circle of terrestrial and maritime nearness. The India is a radical rival at his measure, with whom it beared several frontier wars in the middle of the 20th century. The India has a political structure more advanced than China, the liberal participant democracy, still in spite of all his contradictions, ethnic, religious and social discrimination and lacks of all kinds. And it possesses a demographic strength that overcomes China’s people grow. Though lately the Chinese begin to realize the irrational of his «pseudo scientists» methods of the control of the birthrate. That the communist China applied in altars of a material rational progress. Progress which only enjoys in diverse degrees at the present, the members of the communist party and his families, the technical personnel who design, stimulate and develop it, the chiefs and officials of the armed forces and a minority of entrepreneurs and men of business. That have prospered at the shade of an institutional inveterate clientele of the mentioned public elites.

At the west of China, close with his Sinkiang’s immense region (Xinjiang), in the Oriental Turkestan, there is a rosary of former soviet socialist republics of 2 thousands Km long, that get until the Caspian Sea. They are, from east to west, Kazajistan, Kirguistan, Tadzikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. And there form these countries a monolithic set of several etnias, gathered in the names of them, but extended over several simultaneously, of Turkoman origin, of the central steppes of Asia. And agglutinated also by his belonging to the Islam sunní. All this form a multinational defensive and refractory shield to the expansive activity and to the significant presence of the Chinese in his internal matters or in his exterior trade, always with effects of political guardianship. These Turkoman Muslims are rather potentials allied of the Great Russia, with only she puts a bit of care and dedication to attract and to attend them.


Another great strategic preference of Beijing is to extend his influence and increase the economic and diplomatic bows with the development nations, specially those who have «natural resources and primary cultures«, that are necessary for the manufacturing production, the supply and the general development of the nations. She has taken it even far beyond his geographical borders of political influence or strategical military.

With the interminable income of his exports and with the knowledge of the development in many areas, China does intelligent and massive strategic national «landings» in diverse countries of Africa and Spanish America. With them it establishes «binding alliances» of backing, advising and support. Trying to anchor firmly and creating allies or «friends» by all this world in development. 

Going firmly by the political, economic, diplomatic and military way of turning to what China really seeks to be:

one (or the) hegemonic power in the 21st century.

 The litigious, even violent, and, at least, very menacing, that China keeps with the countries of the East Asian, demonstrate how awkward, despotic and subjecting can be his presence in the short distances. When China thinks that com into play his national interests or his national pride. Whose loss in hands of the «foreign powers» until almost middle of last century, is one of the neurotic tics of the exterior politics of Beijing, from October 1, 1949.

In the Sea of the South of China, this power is expansive and hegemonic. And keeps litigious more or less important with the rest of the Asian countries bathed by this sea. That are The Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

This sea has 3500 thousands Km2. And China thinks that it is his «Second Persian Gulf«, for the sub aquatic oil and natural gas deposits, existing and estimated. For comparison and perspective, the Mediterranean Sea only has 2500 thousands Km2 and his coasts bathe to 24 countries in three continents. None of which is hegemonic or expansive.

In order to settle itself in the «disputed archipelagos«, China follows a strategy of small and consolidated advances. Installing in them, in islands and rocky islands, military air or naval bases and extending the logistic capacities of some of them, substracting area to the sea. This has forced to some coastal countries to realize occupations in the islands of his regional seas. Destined, rather, to indicate his presence and sovereignty.

Two of the most showy cases are the archipelagos of Spratly and Paracelso.

The Spratly has hundreds of islands and rocky islands spread by more than 400 thousand Km2, near the Philippines. In relation to this archipelago, the Court of Arbitration of The Hague already pronounced that does not exist a legal base for the Chinese claims. And that the Spratly are not islands with economic projection. But, China, simply, does not recognize it.

The Paracelso’s archipelago, at 700 Km south of Hong Kong, is placed at the west of the southern Sea of China, in the entry of Tonkin’s gulf (Vietnam). There, China has crude oil platforms in dispute with the Vietnamese government. Near the Chinese facilities have been diverse incidents between the Vietnamese fishing boats and patrols and the Chinese ships of escort. That have dispersed them using water cannons.

The modern Hybrid Warfare. 2nd Part.


The Multifunctional, Total or Multisubject Wars.


The abuses against the civil population are always counter-productive in a counterinsurgency struggle and more in an internal revolt. Sometimes, the hurries to form new troops lead to a deficient or incomplete training of these. They are not vaccinated against the stress, specially here the mental one, nor against the frustration of the not fulfilled plans or of the enemy ungrateful surprises. This leads to discharge almost inevitably the anger and the enervating impotence in the civil population, intermingled voluntary or by force with the rebels.

Resultado de imagen de rusia guerra de siria Russians in Syria. First, they devastate and then his infantry advances to sweep away and occupy. The Syrian civil dead do not matter for them.

With embarrassing frequency, when the human or technological «sensors» of Russia, Arabia Saudi or the West countries detect some probable activity from Iraqi, Syrian, Huttis or Zaidies rebels or the foreign “muyahidin”, first they devastate the building, the «block», the zone. Then they go to sweep up and to do the «body count», for their statistics. Sometimes, among the rubbles, they can get the corpses of an Arabic innocent and numerous family. They abuses of the attrition, which is indiscriminate and perverse when the enemy fuses with the civil people. They neglect the unexpected active patrolling, which needs proportionally less material and human means, but more trade, moral courage, freedom of action and creativity in the low and intermediate commands and NCO and in the men.


A necessary complement of the regular net are the false rebels bands. These would be destined to operate in zones inclined to the insurgency, from where some of their members come from. Their activity and concealment would be favored by the decentralized character of the rebel groups. Their missions would be to obtain information, to prove the loyalty of the civil ones and to annihilate small enemy groups or lone suicidal terrorists. They should not be bigger than a reinforced squad or section, except in combat special occasions.ç

Cuenta regresiva: dos buques de guerra rusos, listos para zarpar rumbo a Siria  Two disembarkation vessels of the Black Sea’s Russian Fleet load troops for Tartus’s Syrian port. «To defend the national Russian interests in Syria».

There were prominent the practices of counter insurgency of the Portuguese in his immense colonies of Africa, between some of which there were a distance of 3 thousand Km. Raising great logistic problems like for a small nation, which was not possessing excessive resources or friends. It was important the politics of «national integration» (with mottoes as «Portugal is not an European nation» or «It is not a small nation»; «Portugal is a big multicultural nation»). And that was practiced by the Portuguese troops, on the basis of the respect the population, the lack of unnecessary or necessary not explained reprisals and the improvement or the development of the autochthonous civil population. Counting with the «economic, of education, of civil engineering, logistic means» available, always loins and in penury. That is to say, the Portuguese «means of intervention» were acting together in an operational «mix». Done in accordance with his capacities and the functions and national aims of this Hybrid War, directed by a central coordinating command.

But, the population understood the politics of «sincere approximation» and it reasonably helped the Portuguese troops to isolate and border on the «irregular bands» of the different rebel movements in the most distant or inhospitable regions of the different countries. That could not gain the battle for «the hearts and the minds» of the Angolans and other peoples.


Imagen relacionada Column of Portuguese troops on the verge of continuing the march.

This made a «impasse», a dead point, in the military development of the colonial classic «guerrilla wars». The rebels bands could not create stable «guerrilla bases». That could allowing them to have a cozy rear and a permanent and sure refuge. And to indoctrinate, to grow and fortify and to spread over the different regions of each country. Depriving the military enemy, little by little, of the domain over the native and their lands. And the Portuguese could not surround and annihilate the guerrillas placed in the remote zones of the territories. Which simply slipped and changed of sure location.

The first that saw this perspective of his future were the Africanists and the metropolis officials. And this led, finally, to the «revolution of the carnations» of April 25, 1974, to the overthrow of the Marcelo Caetano’s corporate salazarist regime and to the decolonization of Portugal. For whom the long wars meant an intolerable bleeding of humans and materials resources, in the perspective of an indefinite stagnation.

But, when the colonial independence came (Angola, Guinea and Mozambique), as consequence of this point of balance reached, the valid speakers to negotiate it with the Portuguese were relatively not much, badly prepared and with a weak and superficial organization, which was not supported without the foreign «socialist» help.

The diplomatic Warfare, the normal and the heterodox.

One of the «means of intervention» of a world or regional power to obtain his «national and strategic aims» are the «Foreign Relations«. That has a concept qualitatively more extensive than the Diplomacy. This refers to the State or government affairs, that treat 2 or more nations (alliances). And the diplomatic «function» is to negotiate by the political way what communicates to him his State. department or secretary. Asking and receiving successive instructions, if it was necessary, to support and continue the negotiation. And being kept or not in his execution and protocol relations, within the qualities of discretion, prudence and tact that characterize his trade.

Resultado de imagen de diplomacia internacional The international Diplomacy gets entangled.

The Foreign Relations also include other relations and more heterodox actions. That is necessary to look for, to keep and to support in the exterior to obtain our national aims. This way, a function of the foreign relations is to appear for it, new opportunities and more secondary ways or routes and «means of intervention«. The Foreign Relations collaborate directly, since always it has been done, using the means and the in force national strategy, with the Intelligence, the Economy and the national Armed Forces. That is to say, acting together in a «mix» of functions and means of intervention, the war always has been Hybrid from the Prehistory. Creating new opportunities and ways, to apply and use the whole creative and potential capacity of the State, to achieve his strategic and operational aims.

A succinct example between thousands of situations. The «central operational command of combined war» can request to Foreign Relations the search of dissident or domestic enemy in a potential enemy country. Located one o more of these, there are valued his capacities, circumstances, implantation and operational possibilities. This way, FF. RR. would present a report to the central command in the shape of a «founded resolution”, involving in it. That is, valuing schematically the existing cases and being decided by one or two, depending on his qualities and our general or punctual convenience.

Resultado de imagen de Metternich diplomacia Prince Klemens Wenzel Metternich (1773-1859). As diplomat was more important in his achievements, that Napoleon in his wars. 

These dissidents or enemies will be politicians or also armed rebels. In the first case, our nation might grant to them asylum, scholarships, economic support and advice to his groups. In the second one, in a phase of major confrontation, we could also send supply and armaments, advisers and trainers and «special operations» or of «foreign volunteers» units, to support and/or reinforce them in his insurgents activities.

The Propaganda as a «mean of intervention«.

At the beginning of the 16th century the «reformists and heretical» ideas of the priest Martin Luther propagated in the center and north of Europe, with the help of the press. The origin of the word propaganda arises during the Counter Reformation. It is a reference to the spread of the catholic faith.  With the Jesuits in the forefront of this task of catechizing. Facing to the deviations from the preexisting orthodoxy, taught by the Lutherans, Huguenots, Calvinists, Erasmists, etc. Today, the Propaganda Fide is the Vatican Catholic Congregation for the Evangelization of the Peoples.

It is not up to the I World war when the term acquires a negative or pejorative significance. It originates in the popular indignation towards the systematic efforts of the belligerent powers in that one, to manipulate in his favor the ideas and, with it, the attitudes of all, the neutral, enemies and its own population. This might be the certain modern origin of the “false news«, tendentious, insidious, sectarian, equivocal… That the Spanish-speaking snobs name «fake news» now .

This way, in the 30s of last century, the propaganda «of war» or «national» evoked in the majority of the persons the vision of malevolent forces, which were supposed strange and alienating, trying to wash their brains. The need arisen with the outbreak of the World War II, to cooperate to the effort of total war with all the available means, in an imposed conflict that was threatening the survival of the democracies, and the new advance in the sociological and psychological fields during the period between the wars, they will go progressively and firmly to the acceptance by the Western nations and his Armed Forces of the application of the psychological warfare.

Resultado de imagen de propaganda fide The Roman Palace of the Congregation of Propaganda Fide.

The propaganda always handles basic, essential information, that are easy and simple by definition. This is due to the fact that his «aim» (the «target») is always large and numerous: the population of a certain country or region, or a religious, economic, racial or socially different extensive group. They are those that it is necessary to inform, convince and, according with the cases, to protect.

The National Economy as a «mean of intervention».

The Economy is an important and classic “mean of intervention» of the State and of the Nation. It means and involves in the effort of war the capacity of obtaining and producing all kinds of goods and services, intermediates and finals, that the technologies and processes in effect in each stage are capable of get and obtain.

Resultado de imagen de reagan and gorbachev  Reagan and Gorbachev.

The Economy is tied here directly with the applied, specific education, of the skilled workforce, who is needed and could be achieved in a nation. The own aptitude to obtain goods or services (even with tourism, raw materials, trade) appetizing to other nations or social groups, will serve for the direct exchange or for barter of the goods and services in which a society is showing a deficit. As an example, energy or specifically qualified workforce.

Also, in cases of need and usefulness, a nation can decide to assign more productive resources to the production of a certain good. But, all more it is required specialization in the production, the performances, both neat and economic (as cost of them) will be minor. By virtue of the laws of the diminishing performance and of the increasing costs that suffer these «specialized reconverted productive processes«.

It is very easy to use the cement in producing military goods of static defense (bunkers, defensive armed lines) and not to raise buildings with it; it is relatively easy to convert the industrial vehicles factories of into armored vehicles plants. And it is very difficult to obtain great performances from a dairy changed in an arms plant.

It is evident that all this process of restructuring the capacity of production of a nation, will require the control by a political determined and firm command. And the confirmation and the support of a temporal laws of war, which decide and support it firmly. Approved by a sufficient majority of the Legislative Power.

Paradigmatic is the example of the USA and the Soviet Union, of Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, in the decade of the 80 in the 20th century. The armament career that imposed the first nation collapsed the economy of the second one. That could not continue, with his economic capacity without competition (in the productive capital), nor incentives (to the workforce), the pace to which it was forcing to produce the goods and planned services. And a whole economic social politics system, as the “real socialism”, implosion and ruined. Taking with him, in a few years, the whole political military framework mounted by Moscow. In order that it was his influence sphere, his western tampons «defense» and his political social empire, after the World War II. Years later, a Soviet ex-diplomat opened his heart: «we did not have even to eat…»

The Cybernetic War, a characteristic “mean” of the modern Hybrid War.

A «mean of intervention» against the enemies or to change or to influence wills, which was not known, for unthinkable, until a few years ago, is The Cybernetic War.

The cybernetic attacks can go to the software or the hardware of the personal IT, managerial or institutional systems. The software is the «logical support» of an IT system, which makes possible the accomplishment of the different tasks. This «logical support» includes the operating system and the applications or IT programs that those realize. The hardware is the machinery or the set of physical components of the computer. This way, summarizing, the software generates instructions that are executed by the hardware or physical support of the system.


La Guerra Híbrida moderna. 3ª Parte.


La Guerra Multifuncional, Total o Multidisciplinar.

El ciberataque es un “ataque total” de tipo enjambre; o sea, de carácter múltiple y simultáneo o secuencial. Va dirigido sobre las estructuras económicas, administrativas, civiles y militares, que sostienen y permiten que un “grupo social” funcione. Es una “forma de lucha” en el ámbito cibernético. Donde se busca “ocupar” “posiciones ventajosas” tácticas o estratégicas. Y “dañar” al enemigo, impidiéndole mantener su ritmo, su “tempo habitual” de funcionamiento y robándole y privándole a veces de los costosos bienes de investigación y desarrollo creados por él. Y que le permitían mantener una ventaja competitiva de “medios de intervención” nacionales en los campos industriales, económicos, militares. Una rama del ciberataque es el espionaje industrial.

Con ellos se logra afectar y debilitar gravemente los sectores diplomáticos, económicos, militares y civiles de una sociedad. En el civil está el humus primigenio, la esencia social, como creador de la “moral nacional” y de la “voluntad de defensa” del grupo social. Siendo aquellos sectores los “medios de intervención” con los que cuenta un Estado para su defensa global, holística, de agresiones y peligros externos e internos.

Resultado de imagen de ataques ciberneticos mas famosos

Es conocido el ataque supuestamente estadounidense empleando un virus avanzado contra el software de las centrifugadoras iraníes. Que operaban para separar los isótopos del Uranio 235 y Uranio 239 (no fisionable), teniendo en cuenta su masa molecular. Buscando obtener U 235 suficientemente puro para crear “masas críticas autofusionables”, el explosivo de las bombas atómicas, para sus supuestos artefactos nucleares. Como el % de riqueza entre un uso industrial, para generar electricidad, por ejemplo, y la gran pureza que requiere una “masa crítica”, ambas “actividades de sucesivos enriquecimientos” son perfectamente reconocibles por las inteligencias extranjeras. En mayo de 2010 fue detectado por los iraníes un virus malicioso, llamado Stuxnet, en las centrifugadoras de la central nuclear de Nataz. Y que le dió la “orden” a un millar de ellas de autodestruirse. Pero, ya en enero de ese año habían detectado los inspectores de la Agencia Internacional de la Energía Atómica (la AIEA) y los técnicos iraníes que muchas centrifugadoras funcionaban lento o mal y sin un motivo determinado.

China tiene una posición privilegiada singular como “gran factoría universal” en la economía global. Y lo mismo vende productos baratos de consumo inmediato en gran escala, que compiten principalmente en precio, que fabrica ya productos de alto valor añadido con las más modernas tecnologías. Esto le permitió protagonizar uno de los casos más significativos y consistentes de ciberataques en gran escala contra un país o coalición. La historia fue publicada por Bloomberg.

Los agentes de una unidad de espionaje y guerra cibernética del Ejército chino consiguieron colocar unos “componentes” maliciosos en las placas base de equipos informáticos de la compañía Supermicro, de San José, California. La cual compra componentes a fábricas chinas, que tienen, a su vez, subcontratas y proveedores de partes en China. Así, los equipos informáticos con ese “caballo de Troya” permitieron a los espías cibernéticos chinos acceder durante 3 años a secretos industriales y gubernamentales de los EE. UU.

Resultado de imagen de ataques ciberneticos mas famosos

Las anomalías emergieron en 2015, cuando Elemental Technologies, que diseñaba software para comprimir archivos, informó de ellas en las placas base de sus servidores. Existían unas 30 compañías tecnológicas, entre ellas Amazon y Apple, y diversas agencias de inteligencia estadounidense “invadidas” en el ataque chino. Se comprobó que los servidores de Elemental fueron montados por Supermicro, que es el mayor productor mundial de servidores.

Se encontró que algunas placas de los servidores tenían instalado un “componente perfeccionado” que no aparecía en su diseño y que no era un chip. Este “cuerpo extraño” multifuncional habría sido colocado hasta en 4 fábricas de China que montan servidores de Supermicro.

Las intervenciones físicas en el hardware son más difíciles, porque todos comprueban teóricamente los equipos que fabrican o compran. Los ataque al hardware ajenos se suelen hacer durante su tránsito del fabricante al cliente. Que es el método que emplean las agencias estadounidenses. Pero esta manipulación maliciosa y cómoda de los espías chinos se puede efectuar porque China es el gran fabricante (con licencia o sin ella) de hardware (ordenadores, móviles). Y los directores y mandos de sus fábricas colaboran de buen o mal grado con las “peticiones de las autoridades”, en un amplio sentido.


Y, por fin, hace unos días fue de actualidad reincidente el caso, aún no cerrado, del gigante chino de las telecomunicaciones Hua Wei. Así, las agencias de inteligencia de los EE. UU. han advertido que no se deben emplear los productos y servicios de Huawei y ZTE. Acusando que los terminales de estas marcas podrían estar funcionando como “agentes cibernéticos encubiertos”, espiando para el gobierno chino. También, el Pentágono ha prohibido a su personal introducir en las bases militares los productos de esas marcas.

La Economía Nacional como “medio de intervención”.

La Economía es un importante y clásico “medio de intervención” del Estado y de la Nación. Significa e implica en el esfuerzo de guerra a la capacidad de obtención y producción de toda clase de bienes y servicios, intermedios y finales, que las tecnologías y procesos en vigor en cada etapa son capaces de lograr y conseguir.

La Economía va ligada aquí directamente con la educación aplicada, específica, de la mano de obra cualificada que se necesite y pueda lograrse en una nación. La capacidad propia de conseguir bienes o servicios (incluso con turismo, materias primas, comercio) apetecibles a otras naciones o grupos sociales, servirá para el intercambio directo o por trueque de los bienes y servicios en los que una sociedad sea deficitaria. Por ejemplo, energía o mano de obra específicamente cualificada.

Resultado de imagen de reagan and gorbachev REAGAN Y GORBACHOV.

También, en casos de necesidad y utilidad, una nación puede decidir asignar más recursos productivos para la producción de un determinado bien. Pero, cuanta más especialización se exija en la producción, los rendimientos, tanto netos como económicos (como coste de ellos) serán menores. En virtud de las leyes del rendimiento decreciente y de los costes crecientes que sufren estos “procesos productivos especializados reconvertidos”. Es muy fácil utilizar el cemento en producir bienes militares de defensa estática (bunkeres, líneas defensivas artilladas) y no levantar edificios con él; resulta relativamente fácil convertir las fábricas de vehículos industriales en productoras de blindados. Y es muy difícil conseguir grandes rendimientos de una lechería convertida en fábrica de armamento.

Es evidente que todo este proceso de reconversión de la capacidad de producción de una nación, exigirá el control por un mando político decidido y firme. Y la convalidación y el respaldo de unas leyes de guerra temporales, que lo decidan y apoyen firmemente. Aprobadas por una mayoría suficiente del Poder Legislativo.

Paradigmático fue el ejemplo de los EE.UU. y la Unión Soviética, de Ronald Reagan y Mijail Gorbachov, en la década de los 80 del siglo XX. La carrera de armamentos que impuso la primera nación colapsó la economía de la segunda. Que no pudo seguir, con su capacidad económica sin competencia (al capital productivo), ni incentivos (a la mano de obra), el ritmo al que se le forzaba a producir los bienes y servicios planificados. Y todo un sistema económico político social, como el “socialismo real” implosionó y se derrumbó. Llevándose con él, en unos pocos años, todo el entramado político militar montado por Moscú. Para que fuera su esfera de influencia, sus “marcas” tampones occidentales y su imperio político social, tras la II Guerra Mundal.

Años más tarde, un ex diplomático soviético se sinceraba: “no teníamos ni para comer…”

China adapta sus “combinaciones” de “medios de intervención”, según sus objetivos nacionales y estratégicos.


Un primer objetivo nacional exterior chino es fomentar la multipolaridad en la estructura mundial de las grandes potencias y sus aliados. Buscando que no exista una potencia mundial hegemónica como los EEUU, que le estorbe en la extensión de su influencia y poderío desde su “centro nodal”.

Para ello, creará alianzas y establecerá pactos y convenios con terceros en detrimento o en sustitución de aquella potencia hegemónica. Y será un “actor intransigente obstruccionista” en todas las actuaciones que promueva unilateralmente aquélla en los foros internacionales (ONU, Agencia Internacional de la Energía Atómica). Así, las actuaciones de las naciones occidentales en el conflicto sirio estaban frustradas y limitadas por el veto sistemático de China a su aprobación en el Consejo de Seguridad. Aunque los comunistas chinos se consideran al margen de la lucha por la influencia directa en el Oriente Medio musulmán. Y, la decisión china de renovar sus relaciones con el África Subsahariana fue en parte un corolario estratégico de la “guerra al terror” de los EEUU y la OTAN en Oriente Medio, como región proveedora de petróleo y gas a todo el mundo.

China es para Rusia y Rusia es para China un socio, competidor y rival, si vale esta definición polivalente, que hace que ninguna de las expresiones lo sea en plenitud. Ambas son “potencias emergentes”, según la nueva nomenclatura, empeñadas en crecer, en no dañarse directamente de momento y en erosionar a la potencia hegemónica y a sus aliadas europeas.

Así, los chinos no actuarían directamente, ni por terceros países interpuestos, en Siria, en el caldero hirviente del Asia del Suroeste, escenario de la contienda global que sunníes y chiítas desarrollan por el control y la supremacía en el Islam. Sino que lo harán colaborando en cierta medida con los intereses y las proposiciones diplomáticas de los rusos. Reforzando así una postura política común de contrapeso y neutralización de la influencia de Occidente en la zona. Y a cambio de una cierta reciprocidad rusa a favor de los intereses chinos, en otros países en los que no choquen las influencias nacionales de ambos.


Una preferencia estratégica china externa se dirige hacia el subcontinente indio y a las naciones de un primer círculo asiático de cercanía terrestre y marítima. La India es un rival radical a su medida, con el que sostuvo varias guerras fronterizas a mediados del siglo XX. La India tiene una estructura política más avanzada que China, la democracia liberal participativa, aún a pesar de todas sus contradicciones, discriminaciones étnicas, sociales y religiosas y carencias de todo tipo. Y posee una pujanza demográfica que la supera. Aunque últimamente los chinos comienzan a darse cuenta de lo irracional de sus métodos “seudos científicos” del control de la natalidad. Que la China comunista aplicó en aras de un progreso material racional. Progreso del que sólo disfrutan en diversos grados en el presente, los miembros del partido comunista y sus familias, los técnicos que lo diseñan, impulsan y desarrollan, los jefes y oficiales de las fuerzas armadas y una minoría de emprendedores y hombres de negocio. Que han prosperado a la sombra de un clientelismo institucional inveterado de las citadas élites públicas.

Al oeste de China, junto a su inmensa región de Sinkiang (Xinjiang), en el Turkestán Oriental, se encuentra un rosario de antiguas repúblicas socialistas soviéticas de unos 2 mil Kms de longitud, que alcanza hasta la orilla oriental del Mar Caspio. Ellas son, de este a oeste, Kazajistán, Kirguistán, Tadzikistán, Uzbekistán y Turkmenistán. Y forman estos países un conjunto monolítico de varias etnias, recogidas en los nombres de ellos, pero extendidas por varios a la vez, de origen turcomano, de las estepas centrales de Asia. Y aglutinados también por su pertenencia al Islam sunní. Todo ello forma un escudo multinacional defensivo y refractario a la actividad expansiva y a la presencia significativa de los chinos en sus asuntos internos o en su comercio exterior, siempre con efectos de tutela política. Estos musulmanes turcomanos son más bien unos potenciales aliados de la Gran Rusia, en cuanto ésta ponga un poco de dedicación y esmero en atraerlos y atenderlos.


Otra gran preferencia estratégica de Beijing es extender su influencia y ampliar los lazos económicos y diplomáticos con las naciones en desarrollo, especialmente las que tengan “recursos naturales y cultivos primarios”, que sean necesarios para la producción manufacturera, la alimentación y el desarrollo general de las naciones. Ella les ha llevado hasta mucho más allá de sus fronteras geográficas de influencia política o estratégico militares.

Con los inacabables ingresos de sus exportaciones y con los conocimientos en muchas áreas del desarrollo, China hace inteligentes y masivos “desembarcos” estratégicos nacionales en diversos países de África e Hispanoamérica. Con los que establece “alianzas vinculantes” de apoyo, asesoría y sostén. Procurando anclarse firmemente y crearse aliados o “amigos” por todo ese mundo en desarrollo.

Marchando por el camino político, económico, diplomático y militar de convertirse en lo que China realmente busca ser: una (o la) potencia hegemónica en el siglo XXI.

Los contenciosos, incluso violentos, y al menos, muy amenazadores, que mantiene China con los países del Este asiático, demuestran lo incómoda, despótica y avasalladora que puede ser su presencia a las distancias cortas. Cuando China cree que están en juego sus intereses nacionales o su orgullo nacional. Cuya pérdida a manos de las “potencias extranjeras” hasta casi mediados del pasado siglo, es uno de los tics neuróticos de la política exterior de Pekín, desde el 1 de octubre de 1949.


En el Mar del Sur de China, esta potencia es expansiva y hegemónica. Y mantiene contenciosos más o menos importantes con el resto de los países asiáticos bañados por ese mar. Que son Filipinas, Malasia, Brunei, Indonesia, Singapur, Tailandia y Vietnam.

Este mar tiene unos 3500 mil Km2. Y China considera que es su “Segundo Golfo Pérsico”, por los yacimientos de petróleo y gas natural subacuáticos, existentes y estimados. Por comparación y perspectiva, el Mar Mediterráneo sólo tiene 2500 mil Km2 y sus costas dan a 24 países de los tres continentes. Ninguno de los cuales es hegemónico o expansivo.

Con el fin de asentarse en los “archipiélagos disputados”, China sigue una estrategia de avances pequeños y consolidados. Instalando en ellos, en islas e islotes, bases militares aéreas o navales y ampliando las capacidades logísticas de algunas de ellas, robando terreno al mar. Esto ha obligado a algunos países costeros a realizar ocupaciones en las islas de sus mares regionales. Destinadas, más bien, a señalar su presencia y soberanía.

Dos de los casos más llamativos son los archipiélagos de Spratly y Paracelso.

El Spratly tiene cientos de islas e islotes esparcidos por más de 400 mil Km2, junto a las Filipinas. En relación a este archipiélago, la Corte de Arbitraje de La Haya ya dictaminó que no existe base legal para las reclamaciones chinas. Y que las Spratly no son islas con proyección económica. Pero, China, simplemente, no lo reconoce.

El archipiélago de Paracelso, a 700 Km al sur de Hong Kong, está situado al oeste del Mar meridional de China, en la entrada del golfo de Tonkin (Vietnam). Allí, China tiene plataformas petrolíferas en disputa con el gobierno vietnamita. En torno a las instalaciones chinas ha habido diversos incidentes entre los pesqueros y patrulleras vietnamitas y los barcos chinos de escolta. Que los han dispersado usando cañones de agua.