Airland Battle Doctrinal Tenets in Operational Art: Do We Need an Output-Oriented Tenet that Focuses on the Enemy?
Monograph rept. AY 89/90
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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The U.S. Armys AirLand Battle doctrine has contributed greatly toward codifying a comprehensive and widely accepted operational concept. With a new emphasis on fundamentals and principles, the essence of AirLand Battle doctrine is expressed in four tenets which are described as essential for success on the battlefield initiative, agility, depth and synchronization. These tenets appear to provide guidance on how to conduct operations, rather than on what should be done to achieve victory. It also appears that this input- orientation may result in an omission that may be particularly important in operational art. The first essential requirement of operational art is to decided what military condition, or end state, must be produced to achieve the strategic goal. This study examines the tenets to determine if they adequately guide the conduct of operational art to achieve desired end states in terms of results required to cause defeat of the enemy.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics