Accession Number : ADA297854

Title :   Warfighting Resources and the Need for Operational Planning.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT

Personal Author(s) : Seward, Jay E., II

PDF Url : ADA297854

Report Date : 16 JUN 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 34

Abstract : In the future, commanders at the operational level will face fighting an air operation with less resources. As the Gulf War reveals in many of its statistics, there are a number of ways this could happen. Current resource reductions might impact, as could weather, attrition, enemy actions and other things. Therefore, a commander must avoid policies that limit available resources. One such poor policy is the Omnibus agreement, which establishes a poor precedent for the management of resources in a resource-limited environment. This policy makes no sense either as a way to manage resources, or from the perspective of good warfighting doctrine. Remarkably, many of the principles in Marine Corps doctrine argue against the Omnibus Agreement. Obviously, there is an inherent conflict between the resource needs of operational and tactical level commanders which must be resolved to effectively manage resources and win wars. This conflict can only be effectively resolved with good operational planning. This planning eliminates confusion and prioritizes efforts. In future wars, such guidance is absolutely essential as resources become less. (KAR) P. 2

Descriptors :   *DECISION MAKING, *MANPOWER UTILIZATION, *AERIAL WARFARE, MARINE CORPS, POLICIES, MANAGEMENT, WEATHER, MILITARY DOCTRINE, AIRBORNE, ATTRITION, LIMITATIONS, ENEMY, RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, MILITARY FORCE LEVELS, MILITARY COMMANDERS, MILITARY PLANNING, TACTICAL WARFARE.

Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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