Accession Number : ADA307778

Title :   Maneuver: Where Does It Fit in Operational Art?

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Fisher, Timothy A.

PDF Url : ADA307778

Report Date : 09 FEB 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 16

Abstract : Operational functions and elements of operational warfare are two of the components of operational art. Operational functions are the activities conducted by forces within a theater to provide the operational commander with the means to accomplish an objective. Elements of operational warfare are the direct results of a commander's decisions and are translated by his staff into a plan of action. This paper examines whether maneuver should be classified as an operational function or as an element of operational warfare, or both. Naval war College Joint Military Operations curriculum classifies maneuver as an element of operational warfare, but not as an operational function. Classification of the various operational functions and elements of operational warfare is important because it has a large impact on the planning and execution process. Additionally, the outcome of a conflict may turn on the proper identification and use of the pertinent components of operational art. Joint and service doctrine treat maneuver as a principle of war, a style of warfare, an element of operational warfare and an operational function. Through analysis and example, maneuver is further described as both an element of operational warfare and an operational function in the context of operational art. The implications of exclusion of maneuver from classification as an operational function are discussed. Service war colleges contribute to the development and practice of doctrine through the study and instruction of operational art. Therefore, it is recommended that Naval War College Joint Military Operations Department revise its curriculum to classify maneuver as both an element of operational warfare and as an operational function.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY DOCTRINE, *MANEUVERS, *COURSES(EDUCATION), *MILITARY ART, WARFARE, THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS, DECISION MAKING, IMPACT, SCHOOLS, MILITARY COMMANDERS, NAVAL TRAINING.

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

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE