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The American Army should organize itself for war, and the most fundamental element of war, as the Prussian War theorist Carl von Clausewitz teaches, is fighting. While recognizing the myriad conditions, actors and events in war, if there is no fighting then it cannot be war. Once the U.S. Army starts with that premise, it can then reasonably discuss the future of conflict and military operations, as well as how best to organize, train, and equip itself. War is neither a social science project nor armed politics. At its most fundamental level, war is about fighting, and the U.S. Army must organize around that principle.