Admiral Raymond A. Spruance: Lessons in Adaptation from the Pacific
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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The combination of fiscal constraints, expanding technology, and globalization is causing the nature of warfare to rapidly evolve. The wars of tomorrow will not look like todays wars. The ability to adapt to changing warfare environments hinges on a leaders ability to think broadly and view the operation through the lens of the entire conflict. This paper analyzes how Admiral Raymond A. Spruance prepared for the challenge of conducting amphibious assaults in the Central Pacific during World War II. The paper uses Admiral Spruances development as an operational thinker as a case study for todays leaders to prepare for the challenge of adapting to future operational environments. Admiral Spruances operational education, operational training, and experiential base are discussed, and recommendations are provided to help todays leaders prepare for tomorrows battles.
- Administration and Management
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- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics