Accession Number:

ADA523132

Title:

Organizing for Operational Deception

Descriptive Note:

Monograph rept. Jul 2009-May 2010

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2010-05-20

Pagination or Media Count:

61.0

Abstract:

The operationalization of Military Deception MILDEC requires a unique combination of resources, detailed intelligence, significant preparation, operational security and secrecy to achieve maximum effects. It requires close synchronization horizontally and vertically through staffs regardless of echelon, while controlling the dissemination of information to maintain secrecy. Unfortunately, this has been lost in the process of deconstructing operational staffs and reorganizing them to manage complexity, and gain perceived efficacies by the decentralization of battle command functions. This monograph provides historical case studies and a doctrinal review of operational deception that provides a basis from which to evaluate theories of complexity and organizational design to provide recommendations for the organization of a special staff section to conduct MILDEC. Two case studies from British and Soviet experiences during the Second World War WWII are used to assess the development and organization of General Staffs to conduct operational deception. This monograph provides two recommendations for operational level commanders. First, commanders should establish Military Deception Officers and Deception Working Groups as described in FM 3-13. Second, commanders should ensure that Military Deception Officers and Deception Working Groups are supported by all cross functional and general staff sections through supervision by the Chief of Staff rather than through coordination by the G5 or G7.

Subject Categories:

  • Information Science
  • Military Intelligence

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE