Accession Number : AD1039906


Title :   Field Artillery And Fire Support At The Operational Level: An Analysis Of Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom


Descriptive Note : Technical Report,05 Jun 2016,25 May 2017


Corporate Author : US Army School for Advanced Military Studies Fort Leavenworth United States


Personal Author(s) : Ratliff, Timothy M


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/1039906.pdf


Report Date : 25 May 2017


Pagination or Media Count : 59


Abstract : This monograph uses the Prussian theorist Carl von Clausewitz's method of critical analysis to analyze Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom, focusing on how Army and joint fires enabled maneuver at the operational level. The planning and execution of joint fires at the operational level differed in Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom primarily due to two factors: the differing strategic end states of removing the Iraqi forces from Kuwait in Desert Storm versus removing the Iraqi Baath regime from power in Operation Iraqi Freedom; and the increased emphasis in Operation Iraqi Freedom on joint fires supporting operational maneuver versus the largely independent land and air campaigns of Operation Desert Storm. The US Army should continue to study how Army and joint fires, combined with operational level maneuver, enabled land forces to seize, retain, and exploit the initiative in its most recent campaigns. This understanding will both preserve the Armys hard-won institutional warfighting knowledge and inform plans for future unified land operations.


Descriptors :   military history , artillery , fire support , Kuwait , IRAQ , Military art , ARTILLERY UNITS , warfare , MILITARY OPERATIONS , ARMY , Strategy


Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE