Accession Number : ADA308549

Title :   Objectives and Success - Linking National Policy Objectives and Military Strategic Objectives to Achieve Success.

Descriptive Note : Study project,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Ivey, William D.

PDF Url : ADA308549

Report Date : 07 APR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 44

Abstract : Clearly defined political objectives enable commanders to focus military strategic objectives to attain success. To better understand this relationship between national policy goals and the successful application of military power to achieve them, this study examines U.S. operations in Korea, Somalia, and the Persian Gulf. In each case, the paper identifies the link between clear objectives and success, or explores the correlation between ambiguous and/or changing objectives and failure. The paper concludes that political leaders must develop and articulate clear, attainable, consistent objectives. Commanders must define military objectives that achieve the political goals. This may involve developing parameters that narrow and provide focus to broad political objectives. Finally, military and political leaders must constantly discuss and coordinate their objectives.

Descriptors :   *COMBAT EFFECTIVENESS, *MILITARY STRATEGY, *UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, *MILITARY COMMANDERS, POLICIES, LEADERSHIP, PERSIAN GULF, PARAMETERS, POWER, SOMALIA, KOREA, POLITICAL PARTIES.

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE