Accession Number : ADA293800

Title :   A Comparison of Operational Leadership in the Battle of Midway.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI DEPT OF OPERATIONS

Personal Author(s) : Moule, Valerie A.

PDF Url : ADA293800

Report Date : 09 NOV 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 21

Abstract : Despite the technologies and weaponry available to a military force, it is the leadership demonstrated by the operational commander which ultimately determines the outcome of a major operation or campaign. Through such leadership, especially in the pre-execution phase, the foundation is formed for the unity of purpose and effort, vision and flexibility required to achieve success. To illustrate this point, a comparison of the operational leadership demonstrated by Admirals Yamamoto and Nimitz in the Battle of Midway is presented. Examples include how each commander selected his objective and got it approved by higher authority, how they conducted their planning, command, control and communications process, and how they prepared for possible changing circumstances in their plans. The conclusion is that Nimitz displayed far more superior operational leadership than Yamamoto in The Battle of Midway and therefore, achieved victory despite the odds. This study is relevant for current and future operations and campaigns. Leadership to form cohesion is a greater challenge, with the increase of allied and coalition participation in joint operations.

Descriptors :   *COMMAND CONTROL COMMUNICATIONS, *NAVAL AVIATION, *LEADERSHIP, *AIRCRAFT CARRIERS, *NAVAL WARFARE, MILITARY HISTORY, COMPARISON, JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, NAVAL OPERATIONS, VISION, NAVAL PLANNING, MILITARY COMMANDERS, GENERAL OFFICERS, COHESION, MIDWAY ISLAND.

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Naval Surface Warfare
      Command, Control and Communications Systems
      Military Aircraft Operations
      Humanities and History
      Marine Engineering
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE