Characteristics of Successful Operational Maneuver
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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This thesis explores the topic of operational maneuver by addressing the following research question What are the characteristics of successful operational maneuver The thesis uses a combination of descriptive research and case studies to answer the question. First, it uses descriptive research to analyze current Air Land Battle doctrine to identify potential characteristics of successful operational maneuver. The analysis of doctrine reveals two characteristics, mass and offensive action, for further examination. Second, the thesis uses case study analysis to examine mass and offensive action in four operational case studies. The thesis concludes that mass and offensive action are the primary characteristics of operational maneuver. Their development in operational art depends, however, on the existence of corollary concepts that assist in overall development of the characteristic. While not specifically written to evaluate current doctrine for operational maneuver, the thesis identifies three areas that may require additional illumination in future doctrine. These areas are surprise, mobility, and distribution of forces. Finally, the thesis identifies two particular generalizations that will influence future operational maneuver. These generalizations are political influence and operational leadership.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics