Accession Number : ADA288991

Title :   Fads and Hobbies or Lessons Learned? An Analysis of the U.S. Army Wartime Lessons Learned Program.

Descriptive Note : Monograph rept.,

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

Personal Author(s) : Santala, Russel D.

PDF Url : ADA288991

Report Date : 17 DEC 1993

Pagination or Media Count : 61

Abstract : This study examines the effectiveness of the U.S. Army Lessons Learned Program in synthesizing battlefield observations into evolving future doctrine. The wartime learning of lessons constitutes more than a recognition of prevalent observations from a recent conflict. It is a complex system that processes raw observations into a meaningful form and reintegrates the observation back to the field army through changes in doctrine, organization, or equipment. Through an examination of four historical case studies, this monograph establishes a set of criteria necessary to assess the effectiveness of each respective lessons learned model. Progressing from the analysis of the case studies, the study then evaluates the current U.S. Army Lessons Learned System and its performance in the Persian Gulf War. The monograph culminates with an assessment of current U.S. Army capabilities to adapt wartime lessons into meaningful institutional reforms or modifications. The implications of this study are particularly relevant, as the U.S. Army attempts to chart its future in the current environment of global incertitude.

Descriptors :   *LESSONS LEARNED, *ARMY OPERATIONS, MILITARY HISTORY, COMBAT EFFECTIVENESS, LEADERSHIP, STRATEGIC ANALYSIS, MILITARY DOCTRINE, BATTLEFIELDS, COMPARISON, CASE STUDIES, MISSIONS, MILITARY CAPABILITIES, TACTICAL ANALYSIS, FIELD ARMY.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE