Accession Number : ADA300972

Title :   What's the Problem? Mission Analysis in Operations Other Than War

Descriptive Note : Monograph,

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

Personal Author(s) : Miller, Derek A.

PDF Url : ADA300972

Report Date : 17 DEC 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 65

Abstract : This monograph is an investigation of the mission analysis step of the Army's tactical decision-making process as it applies to operations other than war. The tactical decision-making process (TDMP) is a proven method of solving problems in combat situations, but the process focuses on military problems associated with a defined enemy. Its value in humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, and other OOTW missions is unproven.The monograph reviews traditional problem-solving methodologies and compares them to the Army's tactical decision-making process. Next, the study analyzes the first step in traditional problem-solving -- problem analysis and definition, comparing and contrasting it with mission analysis. This analysis of the two processes establishes similarities in their role of focusing the development of solutions; however, the difference between traditional problem-solving and mission analysis is that the former defines the problem to be solved, while the later defines the mission the unit must accomplish. The next section considers each individual step in mission analysis and its application in operations other than war.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY DOCTRINE, *ARMY OPERATIONS, METHODOLOGY, WARFARE, DECISION MAKING, MISSION PROFILES, PROBLEM SOLVING, DOCUMENTS, MILITARY APPLICATIONS, MILITARY TACTICS.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE