Accession Number : ADA328124

Title :   Dominating Time in the Operational Decision Making Process.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Rodriguez, David M.

PDF Url : ADA328124

Report Date : JUN 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 19

Abstract : Time is one of the critical factors operational commanders must control in relation to the enemy to gain and maintain the initiative. The ability to make timely decisions and execute operations faster than the enemy enables the operational commander to dictate the tempo of the campaign. Controlling the tempo forces the opposing commander to react to the force with the initiative. To successfully stay ahead of the opposing commander, one must operate inside his decision cycle. This requires operational commanders to make decisions based on future conditions. These future conditions are filled with uncertainty. To make decisions about an uncertain future, the commander must make many assumptions. At the operational level, the quality of these assumptions have a large influence on the quality of the decisions one makes. Intuitive thinking is an important skill in the ability to make a sound assumption. Developing intuitive skills to improve assumptions, and increasing the speed and effectiveness of the operational decision making process will improve the operational commanders ability to dominate time.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY OPERATIONS, *UNCERTAINTY, *DECISION MAKING, OPERATIONAL READINESS, TIMELINESS, MILITARY COMMANDERS, DEFENSE PLANNING, DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEMS.

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE