Analysis of the Effects of the Commander's Battle Positioning on Unit Combat Performance
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
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The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of the Commanders battle positioning on unit combat performance. Research was focused on analyzing the location of the BattalionTask Force Commander during daytime deliberate attacks conducted at the U.S. Armys National Training Center, Fort Irwin, CA. Forty battles, from January 1986 to September 1989, provided the basis for this study. Information that described the Commanders location, a general description of the battle, and unit measures of effectiveness, was collected for each battle and put in a format that allowed for ease of analysis. This study database was explored using numerous multivariate analysis techniques. Results of this analysis indicated that neither the Commanders location, nor his survivability, had a measurable effect on unit combat performance. Rather, such factors as unit experience, the terrain type, and the units level of equipment modernization, seemed to have the most effect on unit performance.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics