Accession Number : ADA132125

Title :   Strategy: A Philosophy of Doctrine.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,


Personal Author(s) : Roncolato,Gerard David

PDF Url : ADA132125

Report Date : Jun 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 198

Abstract : This thesis presupposes that America is in a time of increasing danger as its relative power in the world declines. The paper, in addressing this situation, defines strategy as a method of thought. It distinguishes between the more conceptual strategy and the product of planning, doctrine. Such a distinction allows the formulation of a general concept of strategy which remains constant and continuous over time. This in turn provides the solid foundation necessary for flexible and timely planning in a time of unprecedented change. The paper contains four recommendations: 1.) To increase the historical and philosophical training of military officers, and to emphasize the study of the art of war; 2.) To train and assign a dedicated group of strategic planners who rotate between field and staff, but whose principle job is planning; 3.) To centralize the chain of command in the Department of Defense; and 4.) To decentralize authority in the Department of Defense to the greatest extent feasible.

Descriptors :   *Military strategy, *Military doctrine, *Military planning, Defense planning, Philosophy, History, Military training, Officer personnel, Operational effectiveness, Decision making, Department of Defense, Optimization, Theses

Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE