Tactical Planning (Offensive and Defensive) Minimum Essential Information Requirements
ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA
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The present experiment identified minimum essential information requirements for offensive and defensive tactical planning. These requirements were identified as a result of analyzing information requests of highly experienced field grade officers who actually accomplished sets of offensive and defensive tasks in a controlled exercise environment. To this extent, these experimental results should represent a close approximation to real world minimum essential information requirements. Because the data were gathered in a controlled exercise environment, certain restrictions must be placed on the generalizability of these requirements. The scenarios presented a single offensive and single defensive set of task requirements for a mechanized corps and mechanized division echelon in a potential mid-intensity conflict. The environment is pre-combat and reflects planning activity only. At the 50 criterion level, certain information items which barely attained the minimum request frequency might drop out were the experiment to be replicated and other items which fell just short of the cutoff might achieve significance. Nonetheless, the minimum requirements identified reflect a body of information items consistently requested by experienced Army officers. The hierarchical structure of the data base permit delineation of these minimum requirements by category and level of detail.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics