Accession Number : ADA325153

Title :   Operational Art's Hypothetical Imperative: Analysis of Force and Will.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Liddell, Daniel E.

PDF Url : ADA325153

Report Date : 07 FEB 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 25

Abstract : THE POWER OF RESISTANCE IS THE PRODUCT OF TWO INSEPARABLE FACTORS: TOTAL MEANS AT THE ENEMY'S DISPOSAL; THE STRENGTH OF THE OPPONENT'S WILL. BECAUSE THE CONCEPT OF WILL HAS AN INTANGIBLE NATURE, MILITARY PLANNERS OFTEN DIMINISH ITS IMPORTANCE IN OPERATIONAL PLANNING. THE OPPONENT'S MEANS ARE TANGIBLE, MEASURABLE, AND QUANTIFIABLE, AND THUS BECOME THE OVER ZEALOUS YARDSTICK IN DETERMINING THE POWER OF RESISTANCE. HISTORY HIGHLIGHTS THE IMPORTANCE OF PLANNING FOR BOTH FACTORS ACROSS THE SPECTRUM OF CONFLICT. THE COMMANDER, USING HIS EXPERIENCE, LEADERSHIP, AND JUDGMENT, MUST FORMULATE THE 'TOTAL' ASSESSMENT (MEANS AND WILL) IN ORDER TO TRULY EXCEL AT THE OPERATIONAL ART.

Descriptors :   *HYPOTHESES, *MILITARY ART, LEADERSHIP, RESISTANCE, PLANNING, CONFLICT, POWER, DISPOSAL, JUDGEMENT(PSYCHOLOGY).

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE