Accession Number : ADA309699

Title :   The Relationship of Information to the Relative Combat Power Model in Force XXI Engagements.

Descriptive Note : Monograph rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MIL ITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Boslego, David V.

PDF Url : ADA309699

Report Date : 18 DEC 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 71

Abstract : Two future-oriented publications of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Pamphlet 525-5, Force XXI Operations: A Concept for the Evolution of Full-Dimensional Operations for the Strategic Army of the Early Twenty-First Century, and a draft FM 100-6, Information Operations, have alluded to adding information as a fifth element to Huba Wass de Czege's Relative Combat Model. Wass de Czege developed his model, comprising the elements of firepower, maneuver, survivability, and leadership as a means of analyzing the factors essential for tactical success. This monograph evaluates the propriety of adding information to Wass de Czege's model. Organized into six sections, this monograph first introduces the problem and identifies the significance of the issue. The second section traces the historical antecedents of combat power and information through the twentieth century. The third section analyzes the Wass de Czege's model and determines that information has been an integral component since the model's inception in 1976. The fourth section evaluates the role of information in battle in 2010 and determines that while the U.S. Army may place greater reliance on information than in the past, the anticipated uses of information are neither new nor revolutionary. The fifth section evaluates the relationship of information to the concept of combat power in 2010 and determines that the publications do not share the same perspective. This divergence is likely related to the disparate understanding of the term information. The last section synthesizes the findings from the previous sections and concludes the current combat power model adequately addresses information and should not be changed.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY DOCTRINE, *MILITARY APPLICATIONS, *INFORMATION THEORY, *TECHNOLOGY FORECASTING, MILITARY HISTORY, COMBAT EFFECTIVENESS, LEADERSHIP, SURVIVABILITY, MODELS, ARMY TRAINING, MANEUVERS, FIREPOWER.

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

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE