Accession Number : ADA254126


Title :   What To Do, What To Do? Determining a Course of Action at the Operational Level of War


Descriptive Note : Monograph


Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES


Personal Author(s) : Stallings, Patrick A


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a254126.pdf


Report Date : 18 May 1992


Pagination or Media Count : 119


Abstract : This monograph examines the adequacy of doctrinal decision making procedures for the operational level of war. These doctrinal procedures are found in emerging joint doctrine. For these procedures to be adequate, they should: provide a rigorous organization of thought and action; create and common, joint approach to decision-making; save valuable planning time; and increase probability of success on the battlefield. The focus of research is on the actions taken from receipt or recognition of a mission to the commander's selection of a course of action. To examine the question of whether an adequate process currently exists, I first briefly describe the tactical decision-making process, emphasizing its techniques for tying tactical concepts into a systematic analysis framework. I then survey both Army and Joint Staff manuals concerned with operational decision-making to determine if a process exists, and how that process compares to the tactical process relative to the adequacy criteria. From these comparisons, I conclude that while a systematic analysis model for operational decision-making exists in emerging joint doctrine, the operational decision making model does not adequately integrate operational concepts for consideration by staff and commanders. T recommend a format based on the tactical process.


Descriptors :   *DECISION MAKING , *MILITARY DOCTRINE , MILITARY OPERATIONS


Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Government and Political Science
      Military Forces and Organizations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE