Accession Number : ADA274374

Title :   The Postwar Army and the Loss of Operational Art: Could It Happen Again?

Descriptive Note : Monograph,

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

Personal Author(s) : Sekerak, Edward M.

Report Date : 13 MAY 1993

Pagination or Media Count : 54

Abstract : This monograph examines the U.S. Army's initial loss of operational art after its emergence during the American Civil War and the subsequent erosion of operational art in the post-World War II era. As a warfighting paradigm, the Army's peacetime embodiment of operational art is directly related to the Army's ability to win in future conflicts. In examining the research question, this study begins by examining some of operational art's essential components. These components serve as a set of measurement criteria to illustrate the Army's loss, acceptance, and erosion of operational art between the Civil War and the Korean War. A theoretical model, which explains how thought processes change within professional communities, provides an understanding of the institutional aspects concerning the development of operational art as a warfighting methodology. Operational art, Peacetime army, U.S. Army, Institutional development, Military history, General staff.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY HISTORY, *ARMY OPERATIONS, *MILITARY DOCTRINE, ARMY, COMMUNITIES, CONFLICT, EROSION, HISTORY, MEASUREMENT, METHODOLOGY, MODELS, PEACETIME, UNITED STATES.

Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE