Accession Number:

ADA415984

Title:

Operational Reach: Is Current Army Doctrine Adequate?

Descriptive Note:

Monograph rept.

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2003-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

90.0

Abstract:

The term operational reach, an element of operational design, is new to U.S. Army doctrine. Operational reach is not found in the previous edition of the Armys basic operational doctrine, Field Manual FM 100-5, Operations, published in June 1993. However, the term was recently included in the latest edition published in June 2001, now labeled FM 3-0. The term is also new to joint doctrine, first added in the 1995 addition of Joint Publication JP 3-0, Doctrine for Joint Operations, under the facets of operational art. Thus, because of the introduction of this new doctrinal term, most Army operational planners may not completely grasp the concept of operational reach and why it is important. Consequently, there is a need to provide a monograph that fully explains and explores the implications of operational reach. Since doctrine is the source of common understanding, the primary purpose of this study is to determine if current U.S. Army doctrine on operational reach is adequate. In order to accomplish this task, joint doctrine, military theory and history case studies will serve as an analytical framework for examining the concept of operational reach. The research revealed that current Army doctrine on operational reach is inadequate. One of the characteristics of sound doctrine found in TRADOC Regulation 25-36 is Concise doctrine provides a comprehensive body of thought... However, the analysis of joint doctrine, military theory, and history provides numerous concepts not included in the Armys current operational manual, FM 3-0. Furthermore, TRADOC Regulation 25-36 also states Flexible doctrine gives soldiers, leaders, and organizations the leeway to adapt to many different, or changing, circumstances.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE