Accession Number : ADA323641

Title :   War Termination Criteria and JOPES: A Dangerous Omission in U.S. Crisis Action Planning,

Corporate Author : ARMED FORCES STAFF COLL NORFOLK VA

Personal Author(s) : Soucy, Robert R. ; Shwedo, Kevin A. ; Haven, John S.

PDF Url : ADA323641

Report Date : 25 MAR 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 24

Abstract : Military analysts say that winning the peace after a modern war may be the most difficult of all tasks. Some joint doctrine (especially Joint Pub 3-0) recognizes that one key to winning the peace is to have the National Command Authorities (NCA) give a well thought out end-state with definite termination criteria to the military commanders and planners as early as possible in a crisis. Yet this important dialog is overlooked in crisis action planning doctrine. U.S. military planners use the guidance and checklists in Joint Pub 5-03.1, Joint Planning and Execution System, Volume 1 (Planning Policies and Procedures), - JOPES - to respond to a crisis, yet nowhere in JOPES are planners reminded to foster this exchange of critical information between the NCA, the Joint Staff, and the theater commander. The authors point out where the gaps in doctrine are and recommend refinements to all six phases of the current crisis action planning procedures. They conclude that JOPES must be modified now or else the United States will unnecessarily continue to enter every crisis with a built in handicap.

Descriptors :   *CRISIS MANAGEMENT, *MILITARY DOCTRINE, *JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, *MILITARY PLANNING, THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS, INFORMATION EXCHANGE, STRATEGIC ANALYSIS, CONFLICT, MILITARY COMMANDERS, PEACEKEEPING.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE