Accession Number:

ADA339382

Title:

The Relationship of Center of Gravity Analysis, Targeting for Effect, and Measuring Success.

Descriptive Note:

Research project,

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1998-01-23

Pagination or Media Count:

35.0

Abstract:

A key aspect of developing and executing military strategy is an intimate understanding of the interrelationships of center of gravity COG analysis, targeting for effect, and measuring success as well as the conditions necessary for effective application of these concepts. The goal of any strategy is to achieve the most decisive, far-reaching effects against the adversary with maxnnum efficiency. The difficulty, however, comes in determining desired effects, deciding how to best achieve those effects, accurately predicting effects of actions taken, and accurately assessing the effectiveness of actions taken. These interrelated concepts provide the intellectual basis for developing and executing military strategy and ultimately achieving conditions necessary to attain strategic objectives. In that regard, all of these concepts have strategic significance--they are driven by strategic guidance and direction and they influence strategic decisions. This paper examines the relationship of key concepts associated with military strategy-- COG analysis, targeting for effect and measuring success. It begins with a review of those conditions necessary for effective application of these concepts, followed by an examination of how these concepts played out in Desert Storm.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE