The Heart of Operational Art: Translating Strategic Objectives into Tactical Missions
Monograph rept. AY89/90
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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This monograph examines the role of the operational level of war to translate strategic objectives into tactical missions. Evidence exists in both the joint and specific service doctrines which suggests that there is a lack of commonality in the language used to express these ends. It appears that to communicate military ends in the joint arena, the operational commander is confronted with the obstacle of a multi-language environment with numerous dialects. Theory provides a construct consisting of two primary elements - ends and levels of war. Specific ends are associated with a given level of war. These ends have several characteristics. They are duel linked between the levels of war, having a directive and supportive nature. The directive nature provides the end direction or purpose while the supportive nature reflects the degree of effectiveness sought. These ends are associated with four levels of war - policy, strategy, operations and tactics.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics