No Guts No Glory-Operational Risk Taking: Gaining and Maintaining the Tempo
[Technical Report, Monograph]
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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This monograph examines risk and tempo as components of warfighting which are inextricably linked and dependent upon a commander who is capable of assessing and accepting risk. The study analyzes three operational maneuvers Marne, Anzio, Inchon and examines the operational commanders ability to accept risk in order to seize and maintain the offensive tempo. The paper also determines whether the operational commander can control the tempo on the Air Land battlefield without possessing risk taking characteristics as an essential quality of his competence. The study concludes that risk taking is key to the operational commanders success in gaining and maintaining the tempo of battle. It underscores the significance of selecting operational commanders that execute Air Land Battle doctrine by accepting risk. Finally, it suggest methods of developing and identifying risk taking characteristics among operational commanders.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics