Accession Number:

AD1071522

Title:

Blind Spot: The Logic that Stifles US Army Thinking

Descriptive Note:

Technical Report,26 Jun 2017,24 May 2018

Corporate Author:

US Army School for Advanced Military Studies Fort Leavenworth United States

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2018-05-24

Pagination or Media Count:

51.0

Abstract:

Todays US Army Enterprise accepts that the current All Volunteer Force, without national mobilization, can fight and win against a peer adversary in large scale combat operations. The US Army Enterprises assumptions about threats and the accumulation of conditions, force size, and the officer education system constrain the current US Army Enterprise logic necessary to defend the nation. To remove the constraints, one must seek education and challenge the organizations assumptions and the underlying logic it uses to solve problems. This monograph condenses the last 100 years of US Army history to show how the assumptions about threats and the accumulation of conditions, force size, and the officer education system generated doctrine in 2017 that accepts that the US Army, without national mobilization, can fight and win against a peer adversary in large scale combat operations. If the US Army Enterprise retains large scale combat operations as its greatest challenge a dialogue amongst officers and politicians is necessary regarding conscription, planning for national mobilization, and the execution of a war of national mobilization.

Subject Categories:

  • Humanities and History
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE