Accession Number:

ADA179159

Title:

The Right Place at the Right Time - A Dilemma for the Tactical Commander,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES

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Report Date:

1986-11-17

Pagination or Media Count:

52.0

Abstract:

This monograph discusses considerations that a tactical commander should make in determining his position during an engagement, and from these considerations suggests criteria that should guide his decision. The tactical commander is a significant combat multiplier, by virtue of his rank and experience, and his placement on the battlefield deserves the same care that is given to the overall task organization. The commanders position is a significant element in the command and control scheme. It affects his ability to know what is going on and influence the combat action in accordance with his will. The monograph first examines a series of historical examples from World Wars I and II, in which the tactical commanders position figured prominently in the outcome of the battle. From these examples, a number of considerations for selection of the tactical commanders position are derived. Then it examines the principal differences between historical and contemporary combat environments and what these differences suggest for the contemporary tactical commander in choosing his position on the battlefield. Next, it examines a series of contemporary combat and training examples, to refine or confirm previously determined considerations. The paper examines implications that the conclusion has for current doctrine, equipment design, and training. With a go to war with what weve got view, the paper suggests several areas of training in which a greater awareness of the importance of position selection might readily by implemented. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE