Accession Number : ADA307346

Title :   Operational Maneuver: Function or Fiction?

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Sanny, James T., Sr

PDF Url : ADA307346

Report Date : 12 FEB 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 24

Abstract : This paper is a study to determine the validity of maneuver as an operational art function and suitability of operational maneuver as a function of each service strategy. A function, operational function, maneuver, and maneuver as an operational function are defined. The Army and Marine Corps are analyzed as a whole to determine the suitability of maneuver as an operational function by using a historical example, the Desert Storm 'Hail Mary' operational maneuver. The Navy is analyzed to determine the suitability of maneuver as an operational function within the framework of their modern 'From the Sea' strategy. The Air Force is analyzed to determine the suitability of operational maneuver as a function within the framework of their air power maneuver doctrine. Two theory's are introduced to assist the reader with understanding this unexplored subject pertaining to joint terminology and doctrine. The study concludes that maneuver is suitable within the framework of operational art functions. The apex of all operational art functions is operational maneuver during planning and execution of operational art. Maneuver as an operational function is suitable for use within the strategies of all services.

Descriptors :   *COMBAT EFFECTIVENESS, *MILITARY STRATEGY, *MANEUVERS, AIR FORCE, IRAQ, KUWAIT, MARINE CORPS, STRATEGY, VALIDATION, MILITARY DOCTRINE, JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, NAVAL OPERATIONS, ARMY OPERATIONS, AIR POWER, AIR FORCE OPERATIONS, MARINE CORPS OPERATIONS.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE