Organizing for Effective Joint Warfare: A Deductive Analysis of U.S. Armed Forces Joint Doctrine
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI DEPT OF OPERATIONS
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Using organizational concepts embodied in existing joint doctrine, this paper deduces rational criteria for selecting the organizational form of a joint force. The purpose is to explicitly state these criteria in doctrine to provide staff officers with commonly accepted bases for determining command relations. Weights are assigned to doctrinal statements concerning goals of command organization. The characteristics of the organizational forms discussed in joint doctrine are then evaluated to determine how they accomplish organizational goals. Criteria for selecting organizational form are then derived by deducing operational conditions which might favor particular goals of command organization. The validity of existing joint doctrine regarding principles of war and organization is assumed. No attempt is made to provide criteria for joint force composition. This paper should be of interest to persons concerned with U.S. military organization and policy doctrine development, and command relations. It concludes that criteria for selecting the organizational form of a joint force can be deduced from existing doctrine, but acknowledges that use of a different analytical framework could yield different criteria. Recommendations are made to revise area boundaries to avoid seams at key geo-strategic features such as the littoral, to reassign service aviation functions to avoid institutionalized functional component command variants, and to permanently assign Navy operating forces to the established operational chain of command.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics