Accession Number : ADA331320

Title :   Operational Art and Intelligence: What is the Relationship?

Descriptive Note : Monograph,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Taylor, Robert J., Jr

PDF Url : ADA331320

Report Date : 22 MAY 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 66

Abstract : This monograph discusses the role of intelligence in support of operational art. Intelligence support at all levels of war is critical for the commander to successfully apply force to achieve the established goals and objectives. This is particularly true at the operational level where the operational commander must translate strategic objectives into tactical actions. This monograph examines the characteristics and nature of intelligence support to the operational artist. The monograph first determines the definition of intelligence and its principles and characteristics. Intelligence is defined as information or knowledge of the enemy and environment, both of which are packaged for a specific customer's use in decision making. Furthermore, the principles of intelligence are based on the component parts of knowledge, otherwise identified as the verb know. The principles are detect, recognize, and understand, representing levels of perception higher than the previous. Finally, the characteristics of intelligence are identified as relevant, timely, accurate, and predictive. Since operational art is rooted in theory, the monograph then briefly discusses the theoretical basis of the terms center of gravity, decisive point, and indirect approach from the standpoint of Carl Von Clausewitz, Antoine Henri Jomini, and Sun Tzu respectively. These concepts provide the basis to discuss operational art, or maneuver warfare. The monograph defines operational art as the conduct of military activities at the operational level through the translation of strategic objectives into tactical actions. More importantly, the tasks of the operational artist are defined.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY INTELLIGENCE, MILITARY OPERATIONS, CENTER OF GRAVITY, WARFARE, DECISION MAKING, STRATEGIC ANALYSIS, THEORY, MANEUVERS, PERCEPTION, DOCTRINE.

Subject Categories : Military Intelligence

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE