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Accession Number ADA564017
Title Urgent Fury: The Operational Leadership of Vice Admiral Joseph P. Metcalf, III.
Publication Date May 2012
Media Count 26p
Personal Author S. D. Ward
Abstract Vice Admiral Joseph P. Metcalf, III commanded the largest American joint military operation since the Vietnam War on the small Caribbean island of Grenada in 1983. This paper focuses on Metcalf's operational leadership during Operation URGENT FURY. It begins by providing readers an introduction to Metcalf's life, his education and career, and the circumstances that led to Metcalf being named as the operational commander of Combined Joint Task Force 120. Examination of the planning and execution stages of the Grenada invasion illustrate Metcalf's possession of the three theoretical requirements of successful operational leadership: certain personality traits (including wisdom, good judgment, and emotional balance), a present yet unobtrusive command style, and significant professional knowledge allowing for critical decision making. Discussion topics include the 39 hours Metcalf had to prepare for the invasion, the decisions to bomb Fort Frederick and conduct a Marine amphibious assault at Grand Mal, Metcalf's relationship with General Schwarzkopf, and the now- infamous media policy. The paper concludes with lessons learned from Metcalf's operational leadership performance for current and future leaders, including the Vice Admiral's favorite: 'When you are in command, COMMAND'.
Keywords Amphibious operations
Combined joint task force 120
Command style
Decision making
Grenada invasion
Interagency coordination
Joint military activities
Joseph p metcalf iii
Lessons learned
Mass media
Media blackout
Media policies
Metcalf joseph p
Military commanders
Military history
Naval personnel
Operational leadership
Press ban
Professional knowledge
Schwarzkopf norman
Urgent fury operation

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 70B - Management Practice
92D - Education, Law, & Humanities
74G - Military Operations, Strategy, & Tactics
Corporate Author Naval War Coll., Newport, RI. Joint Military Operations Dept.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Research paper.
NTIS Issue Number 1302
Contract Number N/A

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