Industrial web theory

Industrial web theory is the military concept that an enemy’s industrial power can be attacked at nodes of vulnerability, and thus the enemy’s ability to wage a lengthy war can be severely limited, as well as his morale—his will to resist. The theory was formulated by American airmen at the Air Corps Tactical School (ACTS) in the 1930s. The Tactical School, in formulating the doctrine, rejected the idea of attacking civilians.

The Air Corps Tactical School, also known as ACTS and “the Tactical School”, was a military professional development school for officers of the United States Army Air Service and United States Army Air Corps, the first such school in the world.

Traditional military targets had primarily been fielded enemy forces and concentrations of supplies held in rear areas. After aerial bombardment became a possibility, tactical targets such as communications (supply and signal lines) and troop concentrations became the focus of bombing efforts. The industrial web theory instead targeted choke points and bottlenecks in an enemy’s economic and industrial base, deep inside the interior of an enemy nation. If precision bombing could be used to destroy an industrial node with resulting paralysis of enemy industry, the particular node was given serious consideration as a target.

Suitable targets included railroad lines, junctions and marshaling areas, oil drilling and fuel refining industries, iron ore mining and transportation, steel refining and manufacturing industries, electric power generation and distribution, and, in general, all forms of transportation.

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