Accession Number : ADA195457

Title :   Staff Control and the Chief of Staff's Challenge in an Operational Level Headquarters,

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

Personal Author(s) : Vaughn, Richard F

PDF Url : ADA195457

Report Date : 10 May 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 74

Abstract : This monograph examines the exercise of staff control by the chiefs of staff at those headquarters either fighting or supporting warfare at the operational level. It is important for those commanders tasked to plan for warfare at the operational level to have firm control of their staffs without becoming personally involved in details. To serve them in this role, they need strong chiefs of staff, who are qualified in the eyes of the commanders and the staffs. This monograph examines the evolution of staffs and of chiefs of staff to determine if staff control at the operational level generates consistent requirements for a chief of staff, and what qualities are expected of a chief of staff to successfully meet those requirements. It studies the contributions of Lieutenant General Walter Bedell Smith, Eisenhower's Chief of Staff during World War II, to the concept of what the chief of staff at the operational level of war is supposed to be, know, and do. Doctrine is examined to determine if there are any shortfalls which need to be addressed with respect to the duties and authority of the chief of staff. The monograph concludes that in order to execute proper control of joint and combined staffs and their functions, the current doctrine requires refinement in current staff arrangements to allow for greater staff flexibility in meeting requirements. Additionally, the approach to the authority granted the chiefs of staff should become permissive rather than restrictive, allowing them virtually to command the staff.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY COMMANDERS, *MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONTROL, *OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS, REQUIREMENTS, WARFARE, MILITARY ORGANIZATIONS, MILITARY DOCTRINE

Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations
      Administration and Management

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE