Accession Number : ADA307347

Title :   The Operational Deep Ground Attack: Potential and Implications.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Woods, Kevin S.

PDF Url : ADA307347

Report Date : 12 FEB 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 28

Abstract : The Cold War battlefield of Europe is gone, and the OS military, while wrestling with its future roles and missions, may find that some concepts needed for tomorrow's wars can be found by dusting off old theories once deemed inapplicable or unfeasible. The operational deep ground attack is one suck concept. The operational deep ground attack, comparable to the Russian Operational Maneuver Group(OMC), is a concept of maneuvering division and corps size units deep into the enemy's operational rear area with the intent of psychologically dislocating the enemy, destroying critical operational targets, and bringing rapid defeat to the enemy. This concept still holds immense value for today's warfighting CINC. However, to be able to execute such a complex mission, US forces need to study and test its principles, add detail to existing doctrine, and review the leadership, training, and logistical demands that seem unique enough to render the concept beyond the capability of today's combat forces. The purpose of this paper is to examine the concept of the operational deep ground attack; determine whether doctrine sufficiently addresses its conditions; and review potential implications for making it a viable mission for the operational commander.

Descriptors :   *LAND WARFARE, *MILITARY DOCTRINE, *ATTACK, EUROPE, LEADERSHIP, BATTLEFIELDS, THEORY, DESTRUCTION, TARGETS, MISSIONS, COLD WAR, MILITARY COMMANDERS, COMBAT FORCES.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE