Accession Number : ADA307577

Title :   The Operational Artistry of Admiral David Glasgow Farragut.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT

Personal Author(s) : Stainbrook, Anthony L.

PDF Url : ADA307577

Report Date : 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 25

Abstract : Today's operational commanders are faced with the challenges of a battlefield characterized by enormous change. The evolution of warfare in the modern world has brought with it an increased reliance on technical innovation, the emergence of joint warfare doctrine, a need for greater geo-political awareness, and an ever increasing level of complexity. As modern commanders view these changes and their impact on warfare, so too did the commanders of the past look upon their own battlefields in much the same light. However, today the tools to cope with these changes have been quantified, and are becoming more institutionalized as time progresses. The concept of Operational Art, and the tools it provides the operational commander, are not exclusive to the modern era. Their use has been well documented in history, and are again demonstrated through the exploits of Admiral David Glasgow Farragut, during the American Civil War. As theories and concepts associated with warfare as an art were being formulated, Farragut was engaged in the conflict of his generation, putting into practice that which forms the basis of these concepts and theories. His methods, seemingly primitive by today's standards, serve to reinforce the concept of Operational Art, and highlight lessons that are appropriate to today's modern warfare.

Descriptors :   *LEADERSHIP, *MILITARY FORCE LEVELS, *MILITARY COMMANDERS, *MILITARY ART, MILITARY HISTORY, MILITARY STRATEGY, MILITARY DOCTRINE, BATTLEFIELDS, MILITARY STANDARDS, THESES, GEOPOLITICS, JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, EVOLUTION(GENERAL), MILITARY PLANNING, MILITARY TACTICS.

Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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