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Unity of Command in Afghanistan: A Forsaken Princi... Cover Image
Added November 07, 2008
Unity of Command in Afghanistan: A Forsaken Principle of War. Authored by COL Ian Hope.
The author discusses the traditional importance of unity of command in American doctrine and practice from World War I until now, and how this principle has been forsaken in the evolution of military command for Afghanistan. He argues for a renewal of understanding of the importance of unity of command and recommends amending the Unified Command Plan to invest one "supreme commander" with responsibility for the current Operation ENDURING FREEDOM Joint Operations Area.
Coup D'Oeil: Strategic Intuition in Army Planning... Cover Image
Added November 01, 2005
Coup D'Oeil: Strategic Intuition in Army Planning. Authored by Dr. William Duggan.
Dr. Duggan shows how to reconcile analytical and intuitive methods of decisionmaking by drawing on recent scientific research that brings the two together. The result is "strategic intuition," which bears remarkable resemblance to von Clausewitz's idea of coup d'oeil in his classic work, On War.
Agile Leaders, Agile Institutions: Educating Adapt... Cover Image
Added August 01, 2005
Agile Leaders, Agile Institutions: Educating Adaptive and Innovative Leaders for Today and Tomorrow. Authored by LTC Christopher P Gehler.
This paper examines the new strategic reality and its implications on our officers' professional military education, as well as the concepts of individual and organizational agility, specifically investigating adaptability, innovation, and learning. The author recommends a model to develop agile leaders, while making the institutional system more agile as well.
Sustainability of Colombian Military/Strategic Sup... Cover Image
Added July 01, 2005
Sustainability of Colombian Military/Strategic Support for "Democratic Security". Authored by Dr. Thomas A. Marks.
At a time when counterinsurgency is again widely discussed, embattled Colombia has implemented a Democratic Security and Defense Policy that shows every sign of success against a complex narco-insurgency that has raged for four decades. The strategic initiative has been seized by acting upon the principle that personal security is the basis for state vitality.
Improving Accountability for Effective Command Cli... Cover Image
Added September 01, 2003
Improving Accountability for Effective Command Climate: A Strategic Imperative. Authored by COL Steven M. Jones.
The Army Transformation process and endstate will entail a new cultural mindset. More than ever before, organizational (command) climate will become an increasingly significant prerequisite for unit effectiveness and combat readiness. Strategic remedies relating to unit climate assessment, leader development, performance appraisal, and accountability systems are proposed.
Political Control over the Use of Force: A Clausew... Cover Image
Added April 01, 2001
Political Control over the Use of Force: A Clausewitzian Perspective. Authored by Lieutenant Colonel Suzanne C. Nielsen.
The author addresses the issues regarding the ideal relationship between the commander and the statesman in time of war and the balance between political control and military operational expertise by examining what Carl von Clausewitz has to say about civil- military relations and the use of force. She looks in depth at Clausewitz s arguments, reviews his theoretical approach, and discusses four key implications of the basic idea that political purposes govern war.
Shaping the World through Engagement: Assessing th... Cover Image
Added April 01, 2000
Shaping the World through Engagement: Assessing the Department of Defense's Theater Engagement Planning Process. Authored by COL Thomas Jordan, Professor Douglas C. Lovelace, Jr., Dr. Thomas-Durell Young.
The Department of Defense (DoD) has launched an ambitious planning initiative that could have a major impact upon how resources are allocated among the military departments and the combatant commands. This monograph addresses how well Theater Engagement Planning methodology has been designed and implemented and offers recommendations to improve the existing process.
Defining U.S. Atlantic Command's Role in the Power... Cover Image
Added August 01, 1998
Defining U.S. Atlantic Command's Role in the Power Projection Strategy. Authored by Professor Douglas C. Lovelace, Jr., Dr. Thomas-Durell Young.
The lynch-pin in the power projection strategy of the United States is a completely transformed U.S. Atlantic Command (USACOM). The authors recommend that USACOM should be further transformed into a "Joint Forces Command." Their analysis exposes the need for a significant review of Title 10 of the U.S. Code and a reexamination of some of the fundamental tenets underlying the structure and command.
Reforming NATO's Military Structures: The Long-Ter... Cover Image
Added May 01, 1998
Reforming NATO's Military Structures: The Long-Term Study and Its Implications for Land Forces. Authored by Dr. Thomas-Durell Young.
Often taken for granted, the Alliance's integrated command structure provides the basis for NATO's collective defense, and increasingly, as seen in Bosnia, its ability to undertake peace support operations. However, the very value by which nations hold the structure has resulted in a difficult and time-consuming reorganization process, which has produced only limited reforms.
The CINCs' Strategies: The Combatant Command Proce... Cover Image
Added December 01, 1997
The CINCs' Strategies: The Combatant Command Process. Authored by COL (RET) William W. Mendel, Dr. Graham H. Turbiville, Jr..
The authors report their observations of the different ways combatant commanders-in-chief (CINCs) produce a strategy document, and suggest that new joint doctrine is needed to bring a degree of regularity and orderliness to the CINCs' strategic planning process. The CINCs' Strategies: The Combatant Command Process provides a brief look at the CINCs' strategy objectives and concepts in order to place the planning process in context.
Command in NATO After the Cold War: Alliance, Nati... Cover Image
Added June 01, 1997
Command in NATO After the Cold War: Alliance, National, and Multinational Consideration. Edited by Dr. Thomas-Durell Young.
The effectiveness of NATO is largely due to the existence of its integrated and multinational command structure. That command structure, the cement of the Alliance, derives from the mutual obligations contained in Article V of the North Atlantic Treaty.
U.S. Department of Defense Strategic Planning: The... Cover Image
Added September 01, 1995
U.S. Department of Defense Strategic Planning: The Missing Nexus. Authored by Professor Douglas C. Lovelace, Jr., Dr. Thomas-Durell Young.
The authors define a formal strategic plan: one that contains specific strategic objectives, offers a clear and executable strategy for achieving objectives, illuminates force capability requirements, and is harmonized with the Future Years Defense Program. They conclude by examining three alternatives to improve the strategic planning processes and to facilitate efficient development of strategic plans.