Operation Anaconda 's Operational Art and Design
Operation Enduring Freedom and the counter-terrorism campaign set the stage for Operations across Afghanistan. Operation Anaconda was utterly different from all the wars the United States, had fought doctrinally. Operational art and design in conjunction with doctrine enabled leaders to adapt to a constantly changing operating environment. So how operational art and design decided the outcome of Operation Anaconda? "Without operational art war would be a set of disconnected engagements with relative attrition the only measure of success or failure." (Joint Publication 1). When the United States deviated from using doctrine customarily used in campaigns, it proved to be a problem, but the use operational art and design helped to shape the outcome of Operation Anaconda.
What is operational art and how it impact Operation Anaconda
Operational Art as defined by the military is the use of military forces to achieve strategic goals through the design, organization, integration, and conduct of strategies, campaigns, major operation and battles. Despite plenty of mistakes that were made throughout the process the use of operational art and design helped defeat the enemy by allowing Commanders to think outside of the box by using a non-linear method.
Confusion, misunderstanding, and assumptions plagued Operation Anaconda because initially coalition forces did not follow or were not performing the mission that they were intended to