Jedi Knights and the Clone Wars


Upon successful completion of the Army’s Command and General Staff School, a small percentage of students are retained to attend the School of Advanced Military Studies, or SAMS. SAMS graduates are prized staff members of key commands, and form the intellectual backbone of those staffs. They are the subject matter experts on operational planning at the division, corps, and theater level of warfare. They are also informally known as “Jedi Knights.”

So what does a Jedi Knight think of the George Lucas’ Clone Wars?

Not only did the clone troopers literally wade slowly forward into battle without using any cover while firing their weapons from the hip, there was no sign whatsoever of any coordination among them. It was a vastly scaled up brawl of millions of individual fights rather than a cohesive battle. They continually inserted fresh troops directly into the middle of the battle rather than in a safe landing zone or better yet, to maneuver for the enemy flank. Even when Yoda or others give commands, they are directing individual weapons systems to fire on a particular target, not to establish the synergy of combined arms and maneuvering units. A special team of commandos linked up with Mace Windu and he led them on a charge directly into the center of the battle! Countless clone troopers marched into a the machine onslaught. Every droid they destroyed could be easily replaced on an assembly line at a comparable rate. The only attempt to break with attrition style warfare was led by Obi-Wan Kenobi by pursuing the escaping leaders, but again is attributable to the Jedi’s preferred individual role and not an attempt to guide the army.

Be sure to also see his take on the underlying flaws with the choice of the Jedi to lead the Clone Army and why the campaign was doomed to failure.

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4 responses to “Jedi Knights and the Clone Wars

  1. MikeD

    Yeah, well filmmakers tend to understand war the way I understand organic chemistry. I’m aware it’s there, but have no interest to actually learn about it. The difference being, I don’t make movies about O-chem.

    Starship Troopers annoyed me for MANY reasons (not just because they butchered an excellent book), but one of the glaring ones is having their “Mobile Infanty” walk slowly forward TOWARDS aliens who were only capable of melee combat. If your opponent HAS to engage you at point blank range, and you have the capability of killing him from MILES away… why are you closing that distance!??!

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  2. Agreed. All Clone War proved was that Lucas doesn’t know a damn thing about fighting.

    …Remember the A-Team? Remember how a single grenade would go off like a gas tank explosion and throw 3 or 4 guys head over heels into the air? Clone Wars is just like that, only with CGI and a bigger canvas.

    Funny, for some reason I prefer Hannibal and his crew over those smug, prissy Jedis…

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  3. The portrayal of the tactical operations with Clone Troopers was only a small part of the analysis. If you want to chalk that up to Hollywood preferences or lacking understanding of war, that’s fine. But you cannot argue with the overall result–it’s shown clearly in the plot. At the end of Episode III and beginning of Episode IV, the Jedi were beat and the Republic fell.

    I’m not a Jedi hater either. They didn’t win and this looks at why.

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  4. MikeD

    Sorry sir, I was actually just responding to Brad’s excerpt from the whole. Just had time today to read the whole thing.

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