Accession Number : ADA307338

Title :   Operational Encirclement in Future Limited Conventional Wars: Overwhelming Success and Doctrinal Illusion.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Peters, Daniel J.

PDF Url : ADA307338

Report Date : 14 JUN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 32

Abstract : This monograph examines and analyzes operational encirclement from the perspective of current doctrine and the future Joint Force Commander (JFC). This analysis explores some elements of operational art in relation to future warfighting. Military theorists are divided on the risks and benefits of operational encirclement. The high rewards of operational encirclement are inviting to JFC's, and are validated through historical example. There are some stunning case studies of failure due to a variety of reasons. Generally, these failures can be attributed to oversight of several facets of operational art. This paper concludes that there are many considerations the JFC must take into account in the planning and execution of operational encirclement. This monograph recommends that US operational doctrine be updated to include operational encirclement as an operational maneuver in its own right, distinguish three different types of encirclements, and revise breakout operations. Tactical doctrine should be modified to reflect the revised operational methods.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY DOCTRINE, *CONVENTIONAL WARFARE, *LIMITED WARFARE, FAILURE, CASE STUDIES, MANEUVERS, MILITARY TACTICS.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE