Accession Number:

ADA470782

Title:

Warfighting is for the Warriors? How the U.S. Military Can Ensure Effectiveness Despite the Participation of Political Leadership in Operational Decision-Making

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2007-05-10

Pagination or Media Count:

30.0

Abstract:

Often, military leaders blame mission failure or difficulties on what is perceived to be excessive meddling by national strategic leaders in military operations. The complaint follows the thoughts of Clausewitzs notion that while the decision to go to war is a political one, once that decision is made the act of war should be left to the military. Any further involvement by the national-strategic leadership hampers the conduct of the war, impacts the military leadership, and wrestles decision-making from the trained, professional, experienced military force and places it in the hands of leaders who are likely not as well-versed in the conduct of military operations.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE