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OUTSOURCING SMALL WARS : EXPANDING THE ROLE OF PRIVATE MILITARY COMPANIES IN U.S. MILITARY OPERATIONS  

Outsourcing Small Wars: Expanding the Role of Private Military Companies in U.S. Military Operations argues that, under current domestic and international laws and current military regulations and doctrine, the U.S. Army could, with only a few uniformed personnel, employ a force consisting of predominately private military companies (PMCs) to fight a non-vital interest U.S. small war. This work identifies a historical U.S. willingness to outsource operations that are traditionally conducted by ...Read more >

103 Pages
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RAID OPERATIONS  

The German offensive begun on 11 May 1940 ended the phoney war on the western front. In addition to seizing the Netherlands, Army Group B was tasked with making the Allies believe the attack through northern Belgium was the main attack. A key element to the plan was the gliderborne attack of the impregnable fortress, Fort Eben Emael and key bridges along the Albert Canal. The fort, considered to be the strongest in Europe and manned by 800-1,200 Belgian troops, was the objective assigned to ...Read more >

169 Pages
1.73 MB
CULTURE : THE NEW KEY TERRAIN INTEGRATING CULTURAL COMPETENCE INTO JIPB  

This monograph suggests that it maybe possible to weaponize culture, specifically through the use of cultural intelligence. In order to weaponize culture, commanders and staffs must develop competence culturally to leverage the key relationships, dependencies and vulnerabilities. Competence is “the fusion of cultural understanding with cultural intelligence that allows focused insight into current operations. Finally, the purpose of this monograph is to convince operational leaders that a ...Read more >

81 Pages
1.49 MB
APPLICABILITY OF THE MILITARY DECISION-MAKING PROCESS IN THE AIR OPERATIONS CENTER.  

The US Army uses the military decision-making process (MDMP) to plan operations. The US Air Force conducts planning in the Air Operations Center (AOC) using multiple methods. This thesis examines the applicability of using MDMP in the AOC. A qualitative analysis of the planning processes compares MDMP to the following AOC processes: the Joint Air Estimate Process producing the Joint Air Operations Plan (JAOP), the generation of the Air Operations Directive (AOD) and the Master Air Attack Plan ...Read more >

72 Pages
831.25 KB
WORDS MEAN THINGS : WHAT IS THE DECISIVE POINT  

Many principles and concepts exist within the idea of operational design. Although most of these elements link their importance and historical roots to the classic military thinkers Clausewitz, Sun Tzu and Jomini, arguably, one of the most important is the concept of decisive point. As defined by Joint Publication 5-0, a decisive point is a geographical place,specific key event, critical factor, or function that, when acted upon, allows commanders to gain a marked advantage over an adversary or ...Read more >

22 Pages
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UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE AND OPERATIONAL ART : CAN WE ACHIEVE CONTINUITY IN COMMAND AND CONTROL  

This monograph focuses on the gap in operational command and control for unconventional warfare operations (UW) and the organizational elements required to mitigate this gap. In the 20th Century and beyond, the United States conducted UW in the Second World War, Korea, Vietnam and the War on Terror. After each war, the United States’ command and control structure for planning, organizing and leading UW was dismantled and valuable experience and continuity were lost. Subsequently, at the ...Read more >

58 Pages
712.77 KB
THE THREE CRITICAL STEPS OF OPERATIONAL ART EVERY COMMANDER SHOULD KNOW -AN ANALYSIS OF THE GERMAN DEFEAT AT STALINGRAD  

The application of operational art in the regressive planning process is a vital aspect of any successful operation. Three crucial steps of its methodology should provide the foundation for a plan to achieve the desired end state through economy of effort and minimal loss of life. The first step is to clearly define the objective. Since the objective is the starting point for regressive planning, it will be the cornerstone of this foundation and must be unambiguous. No amount of planning will ...Read more >

21 Pages
553.27 KB
TEACHING THE OPERATIONAL ART USING REFLECTIVE PRACTICE  

The concept of operational are was added to US Army doctrine in the Mid-1980.It is intended to provide a bridge between the complex,ethereal,and many times ambiguous national strategic aims,and the relatively mechanical,straightforward,and scientific execution of tactical actions.It is called art because it demands creativity and vision. As the contemporary operating environment becomes more complex,the requirements for good art increase. Unfortunately,the US Army Officer Education System does ...Read more >

54 Pages
2.82 MB
THE OPERATIONAL ART OF BLITZKRIEG : ITS STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES IN SYSTEMS PERSPECTIVE  

This monograph defines blitzkrieg as a way of operational-level systems thinking that evolved over a twenty-year period. In the on-going debate over whether blitzkrieg was operational or tactical in nature, much of the discourse centers either on the application of narrowly-conceived typologies to a historical phenomenon or to the selective invocation of case studies to reinforce pre-conceived notions. Some students of blitzkrieg admit that it meet operational-level criteria, but fail to press ...Read more >

44 Pages
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ART OR SCIENCE : OPERATIONAL LOGISTICS AS APPLIED TO OP ART  

The foundation of combat power. We all want effective and timely logistics, but how well is it understood outside of the logistics community? We have all had a conversation with our peers, seniors, or subordinates when someone opined with the phrase, Amateurs talk tactics, but professional talk logistics. Unless a professional logistician was present, someone usually changed the subject or the discussion segued back to tactics. To bridge the strategic and tactical levels of war, we study, plan ...Read more >

18 Pages
467.46 KB
DECEPTION, SURPRISE AND ATTACK : OPERATIONAL ART FOR AIR SUPERIORITY  

U.S. doctrine calls for deception to be part of every tactical, operational and strategic plan. Unfortunately, this deception plan is often included as little more than an afterthought rather than an integrated part of whole planning process.Further, the deception plan frequently only focuses on operational security (OPSEC)of ones own plan. Despite U.S. operational commanders’ dependence on air superiority, their only guidance is often only the vague gain or achieve air superiority received as ...Read more >

28 Pages
489.29 KB
OCCUPATION AND GOVERNANCE : THE NEW FACE OF OPERATIONAL ART  

The United States and many other countries are engaged in the Global War on Terror using all the elements of their national powers. Much of the diplomatic, economic and perhaps some of the military actions take place behind the scenes and often through proxies. Even so, given historical precedent and the plethora of rogue and failing states in existence today, future large-scale military intervention in some areas is virtually inevitable. A multinational military coalition is presently ...Read more >

61 Pages
669.47 KB
IT IS THE MESSAGE, STUPID : THE RISE, POWER AND IMPLICATION OF INFORMATION AND TECHNOLOGY IN 21ST CENTURY WARFARE  

Some theorists claim that technology has so altered the levels of war the strategic, the operational and the tactical to the point that the differences between them are no longer significant. As numerous observers have pointed out, long-held principles on the formulation and conduct of war, almost all of which are grounded in the Industrial or pre-Industrial Age, chafe against new realities attendant to the Information Age and the current operational environment.During another era in the ...Read more >

23 Pages
502.90 KB
REORIENTING THE GWOT TO WIN THE MORAL LEVEL OF WAR  

This paper seeks to examine the changing nature of war and the environment in which it is fought. The decline of the role of the state and subsequent rise of non-state actors employing asymmetric tactics against states has made the moral level of war dominant over all others and this paper will seek to propose one strategy for America to achieve dominance over its enemies at this level of war. The objective will be to expand the “box” in which military thinkers rely on for solutions based on ...Read more >

69 Pages
330.45 KB
WINNING THE TRANSFORMATION WAR UGLY  

Over the past six years America’s Army has undergone one of the most aggressive and impressive periods in its history. At the forefront has been its performance in the Global War on Terrorism. Equally successful and almost as much maligned, have been the simultaneous modernization for the aging equipment fleet, transformation to modular configurations and continued progress toward research and development of the Objective Force and its Future Combat System ...Read more >

20 Pages
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