Accession Number : ADA184901

Title :   An Appreciation for Vulnerability to Deception at the Operational Level,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MIL ITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Burgdorf, Charles E

PDF Url : ADA184901

Report Date : 07 May 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 48

Abstract : Historically, the army that concentrates adequate deception effort against specific enemy vulnerabilities to deception has usually been successful in this operation. The army that neglects its potential for vulnerability to deception is often not successful, when an opponent chooses to exploit that vulnerability. The U.S. Army has recently renewed its interest in deception at the operational level has received attention. The USSR has steadily maintained and increased an emphasis in this area since World War Two. Applying this historical condition to the apparent imbalance in developed deception doctrine, the operational planner becomes concerned, if not alarmed, at the potential for U.S. vulnerability to deception at the operational level. This study reviews historical examples of vulnerability to deception. It examines the Soviet concept of deception, or maskirovka, and the corresponding U.S. progress in developing organizations and doctrine for deception. And filtered through the screen of modern warfare conditions, historical vulnerabilities are compared to U.S. conditions to determine current applicability of those vulnerabilities.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY OPERATIONS, *MILITARY DOCTRINE, *DECEPTION, VULNERABILITY, UNITED STATES, USSR, BATTLEFIELDS, HISTORY

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE