Accession Number:

ADA522037

Title:

American War Strategy: Restoring Coherence and Unity of Effort

Descriptive Note:

Strategy research project

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2010-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

42.0

Abstract:

The modern American approach to developing and implementing war strategy has not achieved coherence and unity of effort and has thus far proved insufficient in the wars of the 21st Century. The approach suffers from insufficient interagency dialogue, excessive hierarchy, redundancy, complexity, and flawed practices. Such defects pervade grand and military strategy, and are most pronounced in the attempts to develop strategy for Afghanistan and Iraq. This multidimensional problem is compounded by the pervasive forces of the political-military-industrial complex, legislative incongruity, the mutating character of war, military transformation, and flaws in the War Powers Resolution. Why is America struggling to design effective war strategies Should it change its approach Can it change If it can, in what ways should it change its approach to develop coherent war strategy to achieve unity of effort as it meets the demands of persistent conflict This paper explores the manifold factors underpinning this issue extant in the current conflicts involving Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom, now in their ninth and seventh years respectably. It contends that America can and should adjust its approach to war strategy, and concludes with proposals to do so.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE