Question 1: General David Petraeus’ critical thinking regarding the Afghanistan surge decision was strongly influenced by the critical thinking elements point of view and assumptions while examining the decision primarily through the ethical lens of teleology. Petraeus’ critical thinking point of view based on the concept of counterinsurgency concept and his success in Iraq influenced his critical thinking process. Petraeus’ critical thinking assumption that a counterinsurgency campaign was the only way forward in Afghanistan also impacted his critical thinking. Petraeus examined the Afghanistan surge decision primarily through the ethical lens of teleology which played a significant role in his critical thinking point of view.
However, air force integration left much to be desired. An opportunity was missed to destroy an entire Axis Army who was able to escape and ultimately extend the War. The aforementioned failures did provide valuable joint operational lessons for the Allies as they proceeded towards Italy and the ultimate invasion of
His overall tactical assessment of the situation allowed him to make decisions, which framed his commander’s intent. As a commander, General Harrison actively became involved in the operations process in which he was able to understand, visualize, assess, and lead his men to victory.23 During the Battle of Tippecanoe, General Harrison displayed situational understanding and used mission variables in combination with operation variables to shape the battlefield.24 General Harrison understood that land attainment was critical for the U.S and enforcing the land treaties became the main objective. In order for the U.S to acquire the land they wanted and to push the British away, he developed a plan to brief to the Secretary of War to receive approval for his
Operation Husky suffered from command and control problems affecting all aspects of joint function from its planning to its conclusion. Operation Husky was the most complex joint undertaking the Allied forces executed up until that point in WWII. While Allied forces fought together in North Africa, Operation Husky involved the largest amphibious operation to date. Complicating this were opposing viewpoints of American and British leadership, with American leaders advocating for an early cross-channel invasion and British leaders in favor of striking softer targets in order to force Italy out of the war. Eventually, Prime Minister Churchill triumphed and planning for the invasion of Sicily began in earnest.
The application of the “Holy Trinity” provides military historians with a framework to create a holistic view of wartime activities. Analysis of the Trinity on an engagement, military historians are able to narrow down the events that occurred and develop a comprehensive understanding of any wartime engagement. Disputing the influence of the Trinity on a battle aids in further developing the understanding of war and can assist in the development of future military strategy. Through the examination of psychological and physical characteristics as they apply to battle, a case study approach utilizing the Trinity framework provides new depth to the understanding of the art and science of war. Therefore, in order to fully understand how morale and psychological variances effect the Trinity, military historians should examine battles with profound psychological ramifications.
An example is the amphibious landing in Anzio, which Churchill referred to as a “beached whale” in desperate need of help. The troops in Anzio should have cut off the supply route to the Gustav Line and attacked it with a pincer movement. The overall strategy was therefore, adequate. The tactics implemented were also satisfactory since 70,000 troops, 356 tanks and 18,000 other vehicles had been brought ashore by the end of January, enough to launch a powerful attack from the North and aid the troops fighting on the Gustav Line. However, the plan ultimately failed because of the lack of communication between the troops and the miscalculations of the leaders.
SUBJECT: Developing Warrant Officers for the Future 1) Purpose: To provide information on developing Warrant Officers utilizing the Warrant Officer 2025 Strategy. 2) Facts: a. The Warrant Officer 2025 Strategy seeks to produce a capable warrant officer cohort of trusted professionals who are technologically agile, adaptive, and are innovative leaders for the Army’s Force 2025 and beyond. Through optimized accessions, leader development, and world class professional military education (PME) warrant officers can continue to be relied upon to maintain a depth of knowledge and provide expedient solutions to increasingly complex problems now and in the future. The Warrant Officer 2025 Strategy aims to develop cohort centric best practices
The Army learned to include the Air Force in developing battle plans. The Airforce learned that they will always need to be ready, for close air support operations. Later, when Operation Iraqi freedom was launched, it went a lot smoother. Proving that a Joint Operation Commander is required, for Unity of
It was incumbent upon me to set the right examples for them to emulate. Giving them the tools and training to succeed while carrying out the commander’s intent was vital in the overall success of our assigned tasks. It cannot be overstated that NCOs are the backbone of the Army
As a Field Grade Warrant Officer, why should you analyze and be familiar with organizational communication processes and methodologies? As a Senior Warrant Officer in a command, you are the advisory to the commander of your unit. The Commander’s intent and unit METL with end state to accomplish the wartime mission. Organizational communication varies and as a FO we need to understand the culture and climate at the organizational level, and how we can affect it and use it. The commonalities will vary from unit to unit.
In my Army, the Royal Netherlands Army part of the Netherlands Armed Forces must always be prepared to operate in a multinational framework. The Royal Netherlands Army will participate in multinational operations more and more. Therefore, international experience is an essential skill to possess. A year United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA) is a personal, unique opportunity and personal development to gain experience in an inspiring international environment. Learning the US Army philosophy and concepts of Mission Command is of great value to working in a multinational staff at various levels for instance of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).