Accession Number:

ADA279704

Title:

The Operational Commander and Staff: Procedures for Effective Decision Making

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI DEPT OF OPERATIONS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1994-02-08

Pagination or Media Count:

35.0

Abstract:

This paper examines how group dynamics can influence the decision making and implementation process how that process can affect the relationship between the operational commander and his staff and ultimately, how that relationship can affect the success or failure of the operation. Thorough examination of extensive research literature has revealed numerous positive leadership and group dynamics which have contributed to the identification of four procedural criteria which can assist the operation commander and his staff make more effective, rational decisions, and follow through with their implementation. These four procedures have been examined through the comparison of two historical operational case studies--General Lee and his staff at Gettysburg and Admiral Spruance and his staff at Midway. This paper illustrates that how well operational commanders and their staffs make and implement their decisions can mean the difference between operational success and failure.

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE