Accession Number : ADA314901

Title :   U.S. Doctrine for Command and Control of Operational Fires,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s) : Tokar, Leonard G., Jr

PDF Url : ADA314901

Report Date : APR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 55

Abstract : This monograph examines doctrine for joint operations to determine if it helps speed planning and coordination for the employment of operational fires. The Joint Force Commander is experiencing the problem of centrally controlling operational fires with the difficulties posed by force projection and the overlapping deep battle capabilities of the service components. This paper first defines the concept of operational fires and makes several assumptions as to why the current doctrinal considerations may need to be updated. It then provides historical examples of the employment of operational firepower in the Normandy campaign in 1944 and in the Persian Gulf War in 1991. Finally, this monograph focuses on the preceding issues to argue that joint doctrine needs a standardized organization at the Joint Force Commander's level to meet the requirements of planning and coordinating the use of operational firepower. The recommendation is the formation of a Joint Operational Fires Cell at the theater level to provide the centralized joint staff agency as a standard staff section.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY DOCTRINE, *COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS, *JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, *FIREPOWER, REQUIREMENTS, MILITARY HISTORY, THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS, EMPLOYMENT, PERSIAN GULF, PLANNING, STANDARDIZATION, FIRES, CENTRALIZED, MILITARY COMMANDERS, BATTLES, MILITARY ART.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Command, Control and Communications Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE