Inside the Battlespace of Stability Operations
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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Since the end of the Cold War stability and support operations represent the majority of U. S. Army deployments. The writers of the Armys capstone manual, FM 100-5, Operations, grapple with replacing the 1993 version with a comprehensive doctrine which adequately addresses the needs of staff planners to orchestrate military operations. Expounding on the battlespace framework introduced in the 1993 FM 100-5, the writers developed four types of military action offense, defense, stability, and support ODSS. To orchestrate military operations, staff planners must understand the relationship among time, space, and mass in order to visualize, describe, and direct those operations towards a common purpose. By tracing the development of the operational level of war, establishing the systemic nature of operational warfare, and examining the functions of the elements of operational design for the military application of force, the monograph identifies the Newtonian nature of conventional offensive and defensive OD operations. A theoretical model based on concepts introduced during the conduct of the first student planning exercise assists in illustrating the functions of the elements of operational design in the OD environment. Having outlined the Newtonian OD environment, the monograph examines the battlespace of stability operations to determine if the elements of operational design assist staff planners with the development and execution of military operations. Because the nature of operations shifts from the application of force to the application of effort, stability operations exhibit quantum theory characteristics. Applying the quantum nature of effort application to the theoretical model demonstrates how staff planners must alter their employment of the elements of operational design in the stability environment.
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