Accession Number : ADA325852

Title :   "Gut Feel" Recognition Decision Making and the Operational Commander.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Rieksts, Derek H.

PDF Url : ADA325852

Report Date : 07 FEB 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 23

Abstract : In a world where decision making is increasingly dominated by technology and analysis, the concept of decision making by 'gut feel' may be regarded by some as an anachronism. Yet, others contend that technology and modern warfare have made analytical decision making ponderous and inflexible. More than ever, commanders will need to rely on their judgment and intuition. This paper examines the role of intuition and its relevance to today's military decision making at the operational level. It discusses the behavioral concepts of intuition and the relationship between intuition, military doctrine and theory. Finally, a decision making process utilizing many of the concepts developed in the paper is offered as an alternative to the estimate planning process.

Descriptors :   *DECISION MAKING, *MILITARY DOCTRINE, LEADERSHIP, BEHAVIOR, MILITARY PLANNING, JUDGEMENT(PSYCHOLOGY).

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE