Accession Number : ADA297748

Title :   Leveraging Technology: Using the Practical Essence of Operational Art to Translate Information into Decisions.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Valentine, William D., Jr

PDF Url : ADA297748

Report Date : 16 MAY 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 22

Abstract : There exists a belief among many that we are in the midst of a "Revolution in Military Affairs" that promises the elimination of fog, friction and uncertainty by using new technologies to collect near perfect, real-time information that will allow the commander to make decisions based on his ability to predict the shape of the future battlefield. This paper argues that the operational decision making process must be modified in order to take advantage of quantum leaps in information availability afforded by advances in technology and that operational art is the fulcrum for leveraging that technology. It asserts that the practical essence of modern operational art is the management of time, resources, and risks in a dynamic environment to orchestrate temporally and spatially distributed operations into one coherent whole.

Descriptors :   *DECISION MAKING, *DATA MANAGEMENT, *MILITARY COMMANDERS, UNCERTAINTY, MILITARY HISTORY, DEPLOYMENT, LESSONS LEARNED, REAL TIME, BATTLEFIELDS, DYNAMICS, TIME, DATA ACQUISITION, GERMANY, NORWAY, TACTICAL WARFARE, DENMARK.

Subject Categories : Military Intelligence
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE