Operational Art and Low Intensity Conflict
ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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As the United States Armys doctrinal renaissance has advanced, much attention has been given to the subjects of low intensity conflict LIC and operational art. This essay examines the relationships between operational art and LIC. Doctrinally, LIC includes a wide range of activities. The LIC activities that are addressed by operational art are foreign internal defense, and peacetime contingency operations involving the deployment of forces to secure strategic objectives. Although doctrine for LIC campaigning is required, there are significant challenges to its development. The primary role of the military leadership in a theater of LIC operations is to ensure the successful prosecution of campaigns through the application of combat power. LIC campaigning should be examined in the context of the dynamics of combat power leadership, maneuver, protection, and firepower. The actual implications of these dynamics are frequently different from what they would be in higher- intensity conflict. The campaign plan should consitute a framework for the orchestrated application of all elements of national power.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics