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Personalitys Relation to Risk in Operational Planning

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[Technical Report, Monograph]

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US Army School for Advanced Military Studies

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This monograph seeks to understand the link between personality and risk propensity in military operations. The research aims to help leaders determine individual personalities that are risk accepting and their impact on planning. The Five-Factor Model FFM examines personality through the characteristics of openness to experience, conscientiousness, agreeableness, extraversion, and neuroticism. These core traits allow for the comparison between groups of individuals in studies to determine patterns of personality. Military leaders have continually accepted risk in mission and to forces at the operational and strategic levels. Risk propensity varies amongst individuals by personality and can affect the amount of risk accepted within operational planning. A closer look into General Douglas MacArthurs personality will seek to understand his personality type concerning his willingness to undertake risks. Using a historical investigation into his activities during the planning of Operation Chromite, this monograph will illustrate the link between personality to risk. By examining personalitys relation to risk, the Army might better utilize these individuals at the operational or strategic level when needed.


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  • Psychology
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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[A, Approved For Public Release]