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Political and Military Factors for Consolidation of Gains in Large Scale Combat Operations

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[Technical Report, Monograph]

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U.S. Army Command and General Staff College

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In 2017, the US Army introduced into doctrine the term consolidation of gains. The conceptual requirement is proven in both historical case studies and theoretical literature, but the planned application of military forces in all contexts is novel and widely contested. This research explains the genesis of the inclusion in US Army doctrine, examines the similarities between doctrine and theory on the matter, and explores two historical case studies in which military forces conducted consolidation of gains. The purpose of this study is to assist commanders and planners in their preparation and execution of post-combat activities, specifically as it relates to transitioning to legitimate authorities. Both doctrine and theory describe the importance of security, legitimacy, and planning among the foundations of successful for post-combat activity. The findings include the need for political decisions that identify the legitimate authority to which administrative and security responsibility will transfer the type of authorities extended to military forces and, the identification of any strategic points around which a geographical post-combat framework should be constructed. Findings for the military element include planning considerations, methods of securing access through the consolidation area, and, the need for identification programs. Also identified is the absence of the need to search and care for Prisoners of War POWs in current military doctrine and academic theory.


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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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[A, Approved For Public Release]