Accession Number:

ADA314859

Title:

The Joint Force Commander (JFC) - Warfighter or Battlefield Manager?

Descriptive Note:

Monograph rept.,

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MIL ITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1996-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

83.0

Abstract:

This study examines the issue of fighting with operational fires at the theater level. Specifically, it examines the question how can the JFC best integrate airspace control measures, fire support coordination measures, and ADA control measures to fight with operational fires. Two major events have effected the way in which the JFC can look at conducting his campaign plan. The first is the 1986 Goldwater-Nichols Department of Defense Reorganization Act. The second is recent technological developments which changed the dynamics on the battlefield. The Goldwater-Nichols Act shifted the militarys focus on joint warfighting and interoperability. This change placed the responsibility for the development of joint doctrine on the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. It also placed more autonomy in the theater commanders-in-chief. Recent technological developments have enabled the branches of the service to more accurately engage enemy targets at ranges greater than ever before. This capability was first manifested during the Persian Gulf War. The use of ATACMS, Patriot, and cruise missiles changed the role of the JFC from a battlefield manager to an active warfighter. At the foundation of this examination is the interaction between doctrine, technology and organizational structure at the theater level. Each of the services provides different capabilities to the JFC. Currently the doctrine and organizational structure do not support technological capabilities. The Armys TRADOC Pamphlet 525-5 provides a conceptual framework for how to think about the elements required for success in future conflicts. Central to the concept are five battlefield dynamics. The dynamic that directly applies to the JFC in this study is depth and simultaneous attack. In accordance with the Golwater-Nichols Act, future conflicts will require an organizational structure and doctrine that effe

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Government and Political Science
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE