Accession Number : ADA264451
Title : Paradigm Found: The Nuclear and Nonlinear Battlefields
Descriptive Note : Monograph rept.
Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
Personal Author(s) : LeGare, Marc
Report Date : 04 Feb 1993
Pagination or Media Count : 57
Abstract : This monograph explores the similarity between the nuclear battlefield of the Pentomic Era and the nonlinear battlefield described in TRADOC Pamphlet 525-5 AirLand Operations: A Concept for the Evolution of AirLand Battle for the Strategic Army of the 1990's and Beyond. This concept is based on the assumption that future battlefields will be nonlinear (more open, less dense). Since the ideas in this pamphlet will guide developments in doctrine, organization, training, materiel, and leader and soldier development, examining this nonlinear battlefield is important. Many aspects of the Pentomic Era's nuclear battlefield are similar to the nonlinear battlefield. If a strong enough connection can be made between the two, some of the nuclear battlefield's testing and analysis data could be used to guide future nonlinear battlefield analysis. The methodology used for objectively determining similarity between the two battlefields is based on comparing the nonlinear battlefield described in TRADOC Pamphlet 525-5 to the nuclear battlefield described in various Pentomic Era books, articles, and studies. The test criteria are: battlefield characteristics (descriptive aspects which set the battlefield apart from preceding descriptions); battlefield relationships (relationships between activities, friendly and enemy forces, and combat and sustainment forces); and combat power dynamics (from FM 100-5 Operations - maneuver, firepower, protection, and leadership). Additionally, the Soviet view of the nonlinear/ nuclear battlefield relationship is discussed as further evidence linking the two battlefield descriptions. Finally, the monograph ends with comments on the utility of studying military history.
Descriptors : *NUCLEAR WARFARE , *COMPARISON , *AIR LAND BATTLES , TEST AND EVALUATION , METHODOLOGY , MILITARY HISTORY , MATERIEL , ORGANIZATIONS , OPERATION , ENEMY , FIREPOWER , ARMY , POWER , MANEUVERS , PROTECTION , LEADERSHIP , ARMY PERSONNEL , ARMY TRAINING , MILITARY DOCTRINE , BATTLEFIELDS , DYNAMICS
Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE