Accession Number:

ADA555904

Title:

The Efficiency Paradox: How Hyperefficiency Can Become the Enemy of Victory in War

Descriptive Note:

Journal article

Corporate Author:

AIR COMBAT COMMAND TINKER AFB OK AIRBORNE AIR CONTROL SQUADRON (964TH)

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2012-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

19.0

Abstract:

This article seeks to familiarize the reader with the efficiency paradox, much as a treatise would study a potentially dangerous species. If we know where to look and what to look for, then we can avoid potential dangers. Towards that end, the article examines some historical instances of efficiencies pursued in planning and training that failed to produce desired outcomes. Moreover, after addressing how efficiency and effectiveness relate to traditional principles of war, airpower, training, and planning, it offers a practical example from recent experience. The article concludes with some recommendations for avoiding pifalls that arise from the efficiency paradox. By understanding this paradox, we can recognize and evade that point at which hyperefficiency becomes the enemy of victory.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE