The Framework of Operational Warfare (The Operational Level by Clayton Newell

By Clayton Newell

With the 5 paragraph box order structure utilized by the united states military as his base, Lieutenant Colonel Newell offers a logical solution to make experience of the chaos of conflict, and to figure out even if warfare is the main applicable technique of resolving disputes.

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Passion can overrule rational planning until the war gets so far out of control that it is waged just to gain more success. Conversely initial failure in war can also inflame passion to continue the war until there is at least some success. The chaos of war can grow more insidious the longer the war drags on, as both sides succumb to the passion of waging war simply for the sake of waging war. War is appropriately considered both an art and a science. The art of war deals with passion and chaos; the science of war deals with rational planning and maintaining order.

There is a considerable amount of basic information that decision makers, both civilian and military, with a strategic perspective of war, may require to understand some of the complexities of war in the modern world. At the national level of command, military leaders and commanders and their civilian and military planners must understand that they view war from the strategic perspective, and that they must consider incorporating all elements of national power into achieving national goals. From the operational perspective military commanders must be able to understand the situation from the strategic perspective and be able to translate the desired strategic goals into appropriate military objectives which will complement the efforts of the other elements of national power.

Moving along the spectrum to mid-intensity conflict brings what might be described as classical or traditional warfare into view, where organized military forces confront each other in relatively well-defined and organized theaters of operations. It can include the use of air, ground, and sea forces. The Second World War, the Korean War, the continuing series of Arab-Israeli wars, and the lengthy Iran-Iraq War, are all examples of the wide variety of forms mid-intensity conflict can take in modern warfare.

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