Accession Number : ADA289002

Title :   Pursuit; Missing Component for a Quick, Decisive Victory.

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

Personal Author(s) : Snead, Lawrence R., III

PDF Url : ADA289002

Report Date : 17 DEC 1993

Pagination or Media Count : 54

Abstract : The United States and the Army have entered a new era with a world consisting of a multitude of possible threats. The American people and military doctrine require future conflicts to be resolved with quick, decisive victory. This monograph discusses the concept of pursuit and the role it can play in gaining such a victory. The role of pursuit is examined through an analysis of the theory of pursuit in On War by Carl Von Clausewitz and through modern historical examples of pursuit at the tactical level. It applies both theory and history to determine if there are certain key components of successful pursuits. US Army doctrine and the conduct of pursuit operations is used to answer two questions: Is the doctrine supported by theory and history and does the US Army currently conduct pursuit operations at the tactical level'? Finally. this monograph concludes that both theory and history provide for the utility of pursuit in seeking quick, decisive victory on the battlefield. However, current US Army doctrine has critical omissions in regards to pursuit. More importantly, the US Army currently fails to conduct pursuit operations at the tactical level. Before the US Army is prepared to use pursuit to seek this decisive victory it must make changes in both its doctrine and training.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY DOCTRINE, *ARMY OPERATIONS, *ARMY PLANNING, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), MILITARY HISTORY, WARFARE, MILITARY STRATEGY, DECISION MAKING, THREATS, COST ANALYSIS, ARMY TRAINING, THEORY, ATTRITION, ARMY, MILITARY COMMANDERS.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Administration and Management
      Humanities and History
      Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE