Accession Number : ADA309831

Title :   The Decisive Point: Identifying Points of Leverage in Tactical Combat Operations.

Descriptive Note : Monograph,

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

Personal Author(s) : Burton, James B.

PDF Url : ADA309831

Report Date : 14 DEC 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 58

Abstract : The 1993 version of FN4 100-5, Operations, formally added the theoretical term of decisive points to our professional warfighting lexicon without providing a useful methodology for their identification. This monograph undertakes a study of decisive point theory and its application to the planning and conduct of tactical combat operations. It examines the pertinent theories of Clausewitz, Jomini, Schneider, Senge and other military and civilian theorists. It couples that examination to an analysis of doctrinal warfighting tenets and principles to establish a working definition of centers of gravity, decisive points and battlefield freedom of action. It further establishes the inter-relationship of these concepts to decisive tactical actions. This study establishes the legitimate utility of considering and employing those concepts when seeking to identify points of leverage at the tactical level of war. This monograph further provides a rational methodology for identifying tactical decisive points based on discussion and analysis of the afore mentioned concepts. The fundamental battlefield problem arises from the designs of operational and tactical planners who seek, through the coherent application of spatially and temporally distributed actions, to achieve a favorable battlefield decision. These actions are arranged to provide a necessary battlefield effect which positively contributes to the higher concept and intent. The idea of positive contribution of effects is supported by an analysis of the De Puy theory of nested concepts. These desired effects establish the purpose of the tactical action.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY OPERATIONS, *DECISION MAKING, *TACTICAL WARFARE, *MILITARY ART, METHODOLOGY, MILITARY DOCTRINE, BATTLEFIELDS, THEORY, COHERENCE, MILITARY PLANNING, MILITARY TACTICS.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE