General Clinton Analysis

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General Clinton’s inaction after General Washington’s force departure guaranteed the historical unfolding of the Siege of Yorktown. The largest contributor to this British disaster lay in the lacking of an analytical apparatus, which could have effectively processed and utilized British intelligence. General Clinton chose to focus more on salvation in the form of reinforcements from Britain than on the immediate steps he could implement in his intelligence war fighting function to cement victory. This overreliance on an ineffective logistical support chain, combined with poor strategy, toxic leadership, and indecisiveness, resulted in an overly defensive positon. This ineptitude set the stage for the loss of British populace support, costing him the war of attrition. Intelligence Solution: General Clinton routinely relied on superior British troop strength, resources, and perceived favorable strategy, while ignoring the vital HUMINT…show more content…
If General Clinton cultivated his capability rather than dismiss it, he would have likely seen through the ruse. Instead of the affixation on holding his garrison stronghold for reinforcements, Clinton’s collection apparatus would have filled critical gaps with appropriate analytical focus. The severely lacking analysis would have produced an absent synchronization of collection efforts focused on providing him a clear understanding of his area of operations. An Analytical synchronization secondary effect would identify the objectivity required to combat the effective Colonial counterintelligence campaign. With General Washington’s masterful use of deception and misinformation campaigns mitigated, Clinton’s required actions would be apparent. Moving his forces from the safety of their garrison to crush the sparse remnants of Washington’s force outside New York provided Clinton the opportunity to rewrite
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