Applying Effects-Based Operations in Small Wars
MARINE CORPS UNIV QUANTICO VA SCHOOL OF ADVANCED WARFIGHTING (SAW)
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The current model for applying effects-based operations EBO requires modifications in order to apply the concept effectively in small wars. In the decade since the end of the Cold War, the US military has sought ways to adapt itself to a new security environment of an entirely different nature than it had prepared itself for the previous half a century. It has produced a plethora of operational concepts as part of this attempt to adapt. Recently the concept of effects based operations has gained popularity in certain military circles. This paper examines the basic tenets of EBO as put forth by David Deptula. The author explains how the framework proposed to apply EBO--a model developed by Jack Warden--is not suited to the small war environment. The author asserts that the current model for applying EBO requires modifications in order to apply the concept effectively in small wars and he offers an alternative framework for applying EBO to the small war environment.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics