Accession Number : ADA293999

Title :   Achieving Victory in Peace Operations. An Application for Clausewitz's Theory on Culmination.

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

Personal Author(s) : Schuster, Daniel J.

PDF Url : ADA293999

Report Date : 14 DEC 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 56

Abstract : This monograph examines the U.S. military operations in Beirut, Lebanon 1982-1983 and Somalia 1993 in the context of Clausewitz's theory of a culminating point of victory. The dynamics of peace operations present a unique challenge to military commanders. If the prudent commander is to avoid the risk of a tactical defeat with strategic consequences, a management of the factors leading to military culmination and their linkage to operational assumptions should be the keystone of any planning effort. Recognizing the culminating point of victory provides an essential perspective on the necessary force structure, disposition, and tactics to assure mission success and to prompt their reappraisal at critical junctures that might otherwise be lost in the operational background noise. The monograph proposes that an analysis of what constitutes a culminating point of victory serves to capture the subjective nature of the decision making process in a quantifiable manner. This framework facilitates the recognition and management of operational risks. A commander is then better prepared to avoid operational culmination due to a tactical defeat. (RWJ)

Descriptors :   *MILITARY OPERATIONS, *MILITARY STRATEGY, COMMAND CONTROL COMMUNICATIONS, LEBANON, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), WARFARE, RISK, DECISION MAKING, MANAGEMENT, DYNAMICS, THEORY, SOMALIA, MILITARY COMMANDERS, MILITARY TACTICS, TACTICAL WARFARE, UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE.

Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Administration and Management
      Humanities and History
      Command, Control and Communications Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE