Operationalizing Effects-Based Operations (An EBO Methodology Based on Joint Doctrine)
AIR COMBAT COMMAND LANGLEY AFB VA
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Adopting an effects-based approach for the conduct of military operations is central to the transformation efforts underway in Americas armed forces. The effects-based approach, commonly referred to as Effects-Based Operations EBO, is imbued with creative, critical thought processes and deliberate methodologies for planning, executing, and assessing operations that are designed to create the specific effects necessary to achieve national security objectives. It exploits lethal and non-lethal applications of force and applies to the full spectrum of missions from humanitarian relief to major combat operations. Moreover, it is applicable at all levels of decision-making strategic, operational and tactical. EBO allows military planners to avoid attrition and apply force at the right place and time to achieve specific effects. It redirects the focus of every action toward attaining the desired national security outcome rather than on the inputs to a force on force engagement, which is merely one of many alternative solutions. EBO optimally integrates all the elements of national power diplomatic, economic, military, and information in the planning and execution process and is as concerned with the state of the peace following military action as it is with victory itself. The war is not won until the desired political outcomes are achieved.
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- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics