Operational Art: Practical Utility or Defunct Doctrinal Concept
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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This monograph analyzes the modern doctrinal concept called operational art with regard to its practical utility for operational level commanders and staffs. It uses three campaigns, examined in light of criteria which form the component parts of operational design and the definition of operational art itself. These criteria are the identification of military strategic goals, the establishment of military conditions, the use of sequential operations, and the allocation of resources. The monograph first establishes a theoretical foundation for the criteria. Next, evidence is drawn from each campaign and is critically analyzed to determine how the current concept of operational art was reflected in the design and conduct of the campaign, and how it contributed to success or failure. The monograph concludes that the modern doctrinal concept called operational art has distinct practical utility. While the mere practice of operational art does not guarantee success, and its component parts do not provide the operational level commander and staff with some kind of magical formula, it does provide them with a critical planning and executing tool.
- Humanities and History
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics