Accession Number:

ADA415739

Title:

Balancing Tyche: Nonlinearity and Joint Operations

Descriptive Note:

Strategy research project

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2003-04-07

Pagination or Media Count:

39.0

Abstract:

The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate that centuries of linear thought continues to shape U.S. war fighting doctrine, despite the fact that nonlinearity is more reflective of the actual nature of war. By recognizing and incorporating key aspects of nonlinear theory into a twenty-first century American approach to warfare, the U.S. military can overcome many of the theoretical limitations it currently faces in formulating Joint doctrine. The concept of nonlinearity involves the dynamic, interactive nature of warfare and the complex connectivity of the human dimension. It provides a construct for understanding the changing character of war and allowing for the recognition of friction before reaching culmination. Nearly a century ago, the Soviet Union embarked on a holistic investigation of warfare that propelled them to the forefront of innovative theory development, later manifest as doctrine, structure, education and procurement. If the U.S. military is to become truly Joint in application, then it must also subscribe to a common, sound doctrine. Nonlinearity offers a way to leverage the best of service cultures and capabilities, understand the dynamic nature of conflict and achieve both an adaptive and creative approach to decision making and war fighting.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE