The Role of Initiative in Soviet Operational Command.
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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This monograph examines the role of initiative in Soviet operational level command. It seeks to answer the question Do Soviet operational commanders have the personal initiative and latitude to react to unexpected or changed situations on their own responsibility This question is prompted by a real perception that Soviet commanders tend to be rigid and inflexible due to over centralized command and control. If this perception is correct, the Soviet Army may be unable to react rapidly to changing situations. If it is false, Western military doctrine and planning may be based on false assumptions. This paper begins by defining the terms of the discussion. It defines the concept of personal initiative as it relates to military command. The paper points out that there is a common view that the Soviet concept is more restrictive than the U.S. concept, but concludes that there is really much in common. The paper also defines doctrine as it is used in the discussion.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations