The Israel Defense Force (IDF) achieved a decisive victory in the Six Day War of June 1967 over the combined Arab armies of Egypt, Jordan, and Syria. Conventional wisdom would advise against challenging IDF in another major war. However, Egypt and Syria did just that by attacking Israel less than seven years later. Egypt waged a war strategy designed to achieve political success without a military victory. The study group will read a compact pamphlet (about 100 pages) written by Dr. George Gawrych of U.S. Army Command & General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, KS. (Combat Studies Institute, 1996). The reading is an introduction, not a comprehensive study. We will read Leavenworth Paper 21, The 1973 Arab-Israel War: The Albatross of Decisive Victory by Dr. Gawrych. The coordinator will provide participants with additional readings, but these are not required readings for discussion. This study group should intrigue anyone interested in Middle Eastern affairs, especially in the Arab-Israel conflict.