Documents in the NTIS Technical Reports collection are the results of federally funded research. They are directly submitted to or collected by NTIS from Federal agencies for permanent accessibility to industry, academia and the public.  Before purchasing from NTIS, you may want to check for free access from (1) the issuing organization's website; (2) the U.S. Government Printing Office's Federal Digital System website; (3) the federal government Internet portal; or (4) a web search conducted using a commercial search engine such as
Accession Number ADA562345
Title Operational Calculus: It's Not Art.
Publication Date May 2012
Media Count 173p
Personal Author M. McRoberts
Abstract The current state of military understanding is in crisis, resulting from the application of a linear thought process to dynamic, complex problems. The crisis does not originate in a lack of creativity. To the contrary, the crisis lies in an unfounded faith in the innate creative ability of the commander and his staff. This faith manifests in the joint doctrinal characterization of operational art as creative imagination, which in practice has become a vacuous panacea for complex problems. Lines of thought that do not fit the desired cognitive order are discarded as a product of chance and uncertainty in favor of a more palatable narrative. The current concept of joint operational art must change. Developing a nonlinear analytical method will eliminate the 'inshallah' approach to understanding complexity, defragment and restore a stable doctrinal foundation, and establish postulates for understanding the operational environment. A new principle of mass applicable in both the physical and metaphysical realms is the key linkage to a new fundamental theorem of operational art. With mass, force becomes a function of time that describes the motion of order and chaos spanning the tactical to the strategic levels.
Keywords Chaos
Clausewitz carl von
Continuous change
Creative imagination
Creative thinking
Critical thinking
Decision making
Deductive thinking
Euclidean geometry
Ideological mass
Intuitive thinking
Joint doctrine
Joint military activities
Joint operational art
Linear thinking
Mathematical models
Metaphysical environment
Military art
Military commanders
Military doctrine
Nonlinear thinking
Paradigm crisis
Problem solving
Strategic warfare
Tactical warfare

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 92B - Psychology
57T - Psychiatry
74G - Military Operations, Strategy, & Tactics
Corporate Author National Defense Univ., Norfolk, VA. Joint Advanced Warfighting School.
Document Type Thesis
Title Note Master's thesis.
NTIS Issue Number 1225
Contract Number N/A

Science and Technology Highlights

See a sampling of the latest scientific, technical and engineering information from NTIS in the NTIS Technical Reports Newsletter

Acrobat Reader Mobile    Acrobat Reader