Searching for a Different Understanding of Operational Art
Technical Report,05 Jul 2015,26 May 2016
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS FORT LEAVENWORTH United States
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Many think that operational art is about connecting strategic objectives to tactical actions or a creative process that enhances the effectiveness of military operations. This monograph seeks to explore a deeper understanding of operational art beyond the existing debate and investigates operational art from an alternative perspective. Through a post-positivist approach, this monograph applies Jacques Derridas deconstruction in its analysis of operational art and searches for a new understanding. Analyzing the US Army and Joint Forces doctrines produces an interesting finding that challenges the notion that operational art is a rigid and consistent concept. This monograph argues that time, environment, and perspective are three elements that shape the meaning of operational art in different eras. Military practitioners must first study and understand these three elements before deciding whether the existing interpretation of operational art is an applicable concept.