Simultaneity: A Question of Time, Space, Resources and Purpose
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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This study analyzes the concept of simultaneity developed by Russian military theorists, V.K. Triandafillov and M. Tukhachevskii, for application at the operational level of war with respect to non-linear full-spectrum operations. The study begins by analyzing the theoretical idea of linear simultaneity as proposed by Triandafillov and Tukhachevskii for their Deep Battle concept. British military theorist, Richard Simpkin s concept of leverage is also addressed. Through leveraging effects in the physical attrition, logistical maneuver and cybernetic cybershock domains, simultaneity allows momentum and tempo to build thus rapidly transferring the synergistic effects from the domains of action to the moral domain leading to a rapid, decisive loss of cohesion within the enemy force. The monograph groups the ideas within the following four evaluative criteria unifying aim, correlation of means to actions, strength against vulnerability and momentum. This analysis reveals six planning imperatives for the conduct of simultaneous operations. A critical analysis of two offensive, conventional operations bridges the gap between theory and reality, and constitutes the second part of the monograph. The case studies include the invasion of Grenada in 1983 Operation Urgent Fury and the invasion of Panama in 1989 Operation Just Cause. The third section describes an operational maneuver concept, Air-Mech-Strike, proposed by David L. Grange and Huba Wass de Czege, et. al., in their book, Air-Mech-Strike 3-Dimensional Maneuver. The Air-Mech-Strike concept examines the capability of airmobile, light armor, to conduct simultaneous, operational maneuver to the depth of the enemys defenses. The relevance of this concept is examined with respect to non-linear, full-spectrum operations.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Defense Systems