Accession Number:

ADA234218

Title:

Balance: The Essence of Operational Art

Descriptive Note:

Monograph rept. AY89/90

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1990-04-04

Pagination or Media Count:

62.0

Abstract:

The purpose of this monograph is to determine the operational definition of balance as well as to examine the role of balance in operational art. The monograph first surveys classical and contemporary military theorists for a theoretical basis for the concept of balance. Next, it examines the concept of balance from the view of a practitioner--Field Marshal Bernard L. Montgomery. From the theoretical basis and practical example, the monograph then proposes an operational definition of balance. This definition is then tested by analyzing three campaigns in light of the proposed definition. The monograph concludes that balance is a useful concept for both the design and analysis of campaign and major operations. Balance provides a useful link between the other elements of operational design. Finally, it provides the commander a method for assessing risk.

Subject Categories:

  • Humanities and History
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE