Achieving Operational Flexibility through Task Organization. by Brian North

By Brian North

On the eve of global struggle II, the U.S. military used to be a small cadre strength with no deployable wrestle divisions. as a result of years of education and making plans through the interwar years, the military accomplished the transformation right into a large association with a number of military teams unfold internationally in below 4 years. This new military displayed notable battlefield flexibility. Doctrine and coaching guided senior leaders within the ecu Theater of Operations to make sure overwhelming wrestle energy on the aspect of assault. They always shifted their divisions, a restricted asset at the continent for almost all of 1944, among corps headquarters instantly sooner than significant battles. Many divisions replaced corps assignments 4 instances in a three-month interval and corps moved among armies frequently with out obvious trouble. altering job association within the face of the enemy is a posh project, affecting command relationships, logistics, and each different employees function....

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This flexibility will enable commanders to maintain the initiative and exploit operational opportunities as they present themselves. Much like the army of the inter-war period, there will be little opportunity for brigade combat teams and divisions to practice this kind of organizational flexibility in field exercises. Thus, we must turn to history to identify the factors that enabled previous success. The United States Army was successful in making rapid task organization changes during World War II in the European Theater of Operations because of a combination of three factors.

7} The United States’ entry into World War II presented the nation’s military leadership with a number of significant challenges, and their solutions would be in line with the perception of an American way of war. The experiences of the previous war affected every senior leader, whether they had served or not. The First World War led American officers to believe French and British methods were incompatible with their vision of modern warfare. {8} The shadow of the First World War and tribulations of the interwar years steered senior leader decision making when preparing for the next war.

Because lessons learned from the First World War drove doctrine, it failed to anticipate or solve a few significant problems. The first was the role of the airplane. While veterans recognized the airplane was a significant new technology, advocates of airpower and ground combat leaders contested the role it should play. Airpower supporters advocated that it was a game changing technology, which would completely alter war by allowing deep strikes against the industrial, economic, or morale strength of the enemy.

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