Accession Number : ADA325050

Title :   Defining a Desirable, Achievable End State in Military Operations Other than War: The Role of The Operational Commander.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Strines, Elisabeth J.

PDF Url : ADA325050

Report Date : 07 FEB 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 23

Abstract : In conventional wars the desired outcome is normally quite straightforward, with victory over the enemy solidly indicating a successful conclusion. In military operations other than war (MOOTW), however, it is often difficult to pin down just what the outcome, or end state, is expected to be. Although our joint doctrine states that the National Command Authorities should define a desired end state before committing troops to action, the reality is that military forces are often committed to MOOTW before an end state or even an exit strategy has been outlined. If an end state/exit strategy is to be defined before commencement of an operation, it is quite probable that the operational commander will be the principal catalyst in making this happen. This paper examines the role of the operational commander in defining a desirable, achievable end state, both before and after forces have been committed to a MOOTW. Since the operational commander is in the best position to advise political leaders on specific military capabilities as well as limitations, a framework is enumerated to assist the operational commander in preparing credible, concrete recommendations regarding the potential use of force, and to what end.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY OPERATIONS, *MILITARY DOCTRINE, *MILITARY COMMANDERS, MILITARY PERSONNEL, WARFARE, STRATEGY, LEADERSHIP, MILITARY CAPABILITIES, JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, CATALYSTS, ENEMY, POLITICAL PARTIES.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE