What is Operational Art?
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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As the Army prepares the new FM 100-5 this monograph analyzes chapter two of the current draft, the theory of operational art. The latest draft FM 100-5 has failed to create a common understanding, and therefore cannot serve as doctrine. There are several reasons for this. First, the draft doctrine does not capture successfully the timeless elements of operational art. Second, by not identifying the timeless elements, the human dimension of applying operational art is not emphasized to the degree necessary. Third, any doctrine explaining operational art must focus on applying the concepts to the present day operations that the Army is being tasked to plan and conduct. Finally, regardless of the impact technology will have on the Army, the methodology for creative conduct of military operations must never be forgotten. Operational art will always drive tactical actions. The focus of doctrine must be on how to apply operational art to practical activities. The concepts must transcend immediate technological conditions lest they be invalidated by rapidly changing capabilities during the life of the manual.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics