Accession Number:

ADA272883

Title:

Tactical Decision Making: A Proposed Evaluation Criteria Model for the Infantry Battalion's Tactical Estimate during Offensive Operations

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis 1 Aug 1992-4 Jun 1993

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1993-06-04

Pagination or Media Count:

195.0

Abstract:

This study seeks to determine if it is possible to construct an evaluation criteria model that improves the infantry battalions capability to select the best course of action during the deliberate tactical estimate. It examines U.S. and selected foreign army doctrine, related literature, and lessons from the U.S. Army Combat Training Centers. The literature review concludes that there is no agreement on the selection and use of evaluation criteria during the tactical estimate. However, it provides an operational definition for the best course of action, as well as several theoretical requirements for the optimal evaluation criteria model. Using the results of the literature review, the study presents a proposed model that the author believes will improve the capability of selecting the best course of action during the tactical estimate. The study tests the model using a tactical scenario developed at the Joint Readiness Training Center. Model evaluation is based on established measures of effectiveness that relate the performance of the proposed model to the characteristics of the theoretically optimal model. The study concludes that the proposed model is appliable for use as an instructional aid, but that further research and field testing are required before it should be applied by units throughout the U.S. Army.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE