Accession Number:

ADA463547

Title:

Operational Factors: Fact or Fiction, Effective or Ineffective

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2006-05-16

Pagination or Media Count:

22.0

Abstract:

The purpose of this paper is to examine the relationship between operational factors and operational art. Specifically, to determine if the current concepts of operational factors offered by the Naval War College NWC and the Joint Forces Staff College JFSC, help to explain operational art This paper concludes that the concept of operational factors as currently presented at the NWC and JFSC do not help to explain operational art. The NWC and JFSC operational factors find no inclusion or acceptance as operational factors in current and emerging US military doctrine. Lacking this doctrinal inclusion and or a specific linkage to the theoretical aspects of operational art, the paper reviews the theoretical foundations of operational art in order to explore possible options. The review of operational art addresses its development and introduces Dr. Jim Schneiders eight attributes of operational art. From these eight attributes, three revised factors of operational art are distilled and presented size, balance, and comprehensiveness. The proposed operational factors of size, balance and comprehensiveness, while currently not doctrine, display some degree of linkage to the theory of operational art one that could help doctrine writers better explain the important doctrinal characteristics of operational art to warfares practitioners.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE