Senior Leadership Wartime Skills
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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Following the publication of the Armys Airland Battle doctrine in FM 100-5 in 1982, there was a renewed interest in the art of operational warfare. Along with this interest came the recognition that a senior leadership doctrine was needed to serve as a basis for leader development and command at the highest levels of the Army. To provide the leadership doctrine to accompany the AirLand Battle warfighting doctrine, FM 22-103 was published in 1987. This study examined the skills that FM 22-103 claims are necessary for leadership and command at the senior levels in order to plan and direct the battles and campaigns discussed in FM 100-5. The study attempted to use oral histories and other sources to determine if the wartime experiences of senior leaders in World War II support the skills listed in FM 22-103. It was determined that the oral histories only marginally contributed to an investigation of warfighting skills. Biographies and other sources were also consulted. These required analysis to discern the warfighting skills necessary for senior leaders as, surprisingly, they have had little to say about what skills they needed. Keywords Military commanders.
- Administration and Management
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics