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U.S. Army May Need to Redefine the Elements of Operational Art for Future Warfare

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[Technical Report, Monograph]

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U.S. Army School for Advanced Military Studies

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The United States considers China a peer threat and in the event of war with China, the United States would likely conduct large-scale combat operations LSCO to achieve national objectives. However, China does not conceptualize warfare in the form of LSCO. Instead, they pursue systems destruction warfare SDW. The conduct of LSCO against Chinas SDW may reveal challenges in achieving the desired tempo, and forcing China to culminate. Additionally, LSCO against SDW may reveal that the US Army has to potentially shift its assessment of operational risk from a focus on land operations to one of systems operation. Tempo, culmination, and risk are three of the ten elements of operational used to assess the challenges of LSCO against SDW. However they also provide a precursor for the US Army to redefine elements of operational art for future warfare.

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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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[A, Approved For Public Release]