Discovering the Effects-Endstate Linkage: Using Soft Systems Methodology to Perform EBO Mission Analysis
AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
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Mission analysis is the foundation of JFC campaign planning. This paper examines how planners determine effects necessary to yield desired endstate during the EBO mission analysis process. The paper questions the suitability of applying the traditional task-focused mission analysis process to EBO planning. EBOs conceptualization of the adversary as a Complex Adaptive System, the increased requirements for unified action between various actors military, government, non-government, and coalition, and the amorphous 4th Generation Warfare environment each pose new mission analysis challenges. EBO mission analysis is shown to be more problem structuring than problem solving. A new mission analysis process is proposed using a modified version of Soft Systems Methodology to meet these challenges. The discussion includes a general overview of how the new mission analysis would work based on a simple scenario. The paper is relevant to EBO planners and practitioners, especially those dissatisfied with trying to force EBO to fit within the current mission analysis process.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics