Accession Number:

ADA234393

Title:

Campaign Synergism: Operational Level Combat Power

Descriptive Note:

Monograph rept. AY1989/1990

Corporate Author:

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

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1990-04-30

Pagination or Media Count:

56.0

Abstract:

Is the nature of winning at the operational level different than at the tactical level The author explores this question and determines that there is a fundamental difference that cannot be explained by the combat power model presented in FM 100-5 and further elaborated upon in Brigadier General Wass de Czeges essay, Understanding and developing Combat Power. He concludes that there is another dynamic that overarches the combat power model at the operational level. The elements of combat power, while useful in explaining particular tactical phenomena in major operations and campaigns, do not account for the synergetic nature of many operational level actions. Often the sum of a whole campaign is greater than the sum of its individual battles or major operations. Accordingly, LTC Hoffman presents the outline of a model for campaign synergism--the operational level counterpart to combat power--that seeks to explain the synergetic nature of the operational level of war.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE