Accession Number:

ADA220625

Title:

Understanding Risk

Descriptive Note:

Study project

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1990-03-21

Pagination or Media Count:

64.0

Abstract:

Risk is a word frequently used but seldom discussed or understood in the U.S. Army. This study examines the general topics of risk and risk taking primarily at the operational level. The intent is to develop an understanding of risk and its effects on the battlefield. The study explores the relationship and impact of doctrine, uncertainty, boldness, potential losses or gains, and the impact of the U.S. military heritage on risk and risk taking. The nature of risk is analyzed its paradoxes, effects of age and experience on risk taking, and the nature of group dynamics on risk is explored. Market Garden and Inchon are studied as examples of the dynamic nature of battlefield risk and appropriate and inappropriate risk taking. Finally some general conclusions are developed about the requirements to develop risk takers in the U.S. Army and the need to take risk on the battlefield.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE