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The Challenge of Applying Tactical Deception When Conducting Large Scale Combat Operations in the 21st Century

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[Technical Report, Master's Thesis]

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U.S. Army Command and General Staff College

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The Army has used military deception in every major campaign since its inception. Military authors conclude that armies that practice the art of deception have significant advantages over their enemies. As noted in FM 3-13.4, deception can be applied to all levels of warfare and can be conducted at any phase of the operation. This thesis explores what gaps the Army has in applying tactical deception in Large Scale Combat Operations. It also examines how the modern American Army and our current pacing threats view deception and how they may apply it in future conflict. Lastly, this thesis rediscovers capabilities from previous doctrine to help bridge the gap to effectively conduct tactical deception against near-peer threats.


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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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[A, Approved For Public Release]