Accession Number : ADA258092
Title : Tactical Deep Battle: The Missing Link
Descriptive Note : Monograph rept.
Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
Personal Author(s) : Pickar, Charles K
Report Date : 16 Dec 1991
Pagination or Media Count : 52
Abstract : While the furor over the introduction of the concept of deep operations, the 'buzz word' of the mid 1980's, has faded, its importance is not diminished. Instead, as the Army continues the doctrinal evolution of AirLand Battle, the concept will increase in significance. Unfortunately, the concept is not well understood, nor is its theoretical meaning clear. The Army needs a workable definition of tactical deep battle. This monograph explores the concept of tactical deep battle from a theoretical perspective. The result is a working definition of the concept of deep battle, in the context of AirLand Battle. In the first section, the idea of deep battle is explored. Using concepts developed by Tukhachevskiy, and refined and explained by Simpkin, the theoretical basis of deep battle is introduced. This concept is compared and contrasted with the original US Army thought on deep battle/attack (as expressed by GEN Donn A. Starry and others). The comparison produces a number of key principles, from both Soviet and American doctrine and theory, that form the core of a definition for tactical deep battle. The second section is an analysis of these principles to determine their applicability in AirLand Battle doctrine. Inherent in this analysis is an examination of the ways, and most efficient means of executing tactical deep battle. Finally, the purpose and end-state of tactical deep battle is examined, in light of the aforementioned principles. Central points of this discussion include an examination of tactical depth, and the linkage of tactical deep battle to the operational level of war. Tactical deep battle, Deep battle, Soviet deep battle, Airland battle doctrine, Tenets, Deep attack, Deep operations, American theory, Soviet theory.
Descriptors : *BATTLES , *DOCTRINE , CORES , COMPARISON , ATTACK , LIGHT , DEPTH , LINKAGES , OPERATION , GENES , ARMY , NUMBERS
Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE