Accession Number : ADA300224

Title :   Vertical and Horizontal Cohesion: Combat Effectiveness and the Problem of Manpower Turbulence.

Descriptive Note : Monograph,

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

Personal Author(s) : Cowdrey, Christian B.

PDF Url : ADA300224

Report Date : 19 MAY 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 54

Abstract : This monograph seeks to answer the questions: Do current manpower-management processes support Marine Corps doctrine by recognizing the importance of unit cohesion both vertically and horizontally? In this post-cold war period are manpower managers guilty of mismanagement of dwindling personnel resources as the Corps attempts to respond to new strategies and increasing commitments? To answer this question the monograph first establishes the importance of the human dimension of combat. Central to this discussion is the examination of theory and the physical, cybernetic, and moral domains of battle. These last two domains are concerned with the destruction of command and control and the destruction of will that are key concerns within Marine Corps warfighting doctrine. The monograph illustrates the important relationship between cohesion and combat effectiveness. Recent attempts to promote cohesion within the Army and Marine Corps are looked at to help further define the problems with horizontal and vertical cohesion. Next is an examination of current Marine Corps manpower management policies to decide whether they support both theory and doctrine. Marine Corps doctrine is analyzed to highlight the exiting inconsistencies between doctrine and policy.

Descriptors :   *COMBAT EFFECTIVENESS, *COHESION, WARFARE, JOBS, STRATEGY, HUMAN RESOURCES, HUMANS, TURBULENCE, MANPOWER, VERTICAL ORIENTATION, COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS, MANAGEMENT PERSONNEL, HORIZONTAL ORIENTATION, MARINE CORPS PERSONNEL, DOCTRINE.

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE