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Accession Number PB2012-114371
Title Improving the Decision Making Abilities of Small Unit Leaders.
Publication Date 2012
Media Count 130p
Personal Author N/A
Abstract For the past decade, the U.S. Marine Corps and its sister services have been engaged in what has been termed hybrid warfarea blurring of distinct categories of warfare across the spectrum, from active combat to civilian support. Military engagements in hybrid warfare occur in complex environments in which conflict involves states or nonstate actors (that) exploit all modes of war simultaneously by using advanced conventional weapons, irregular tactics, terrorism, disruptive technologies and criminality to destabilize an existing order. Uncertainty and rapidly changing conditions and missions typify these struggles. Although they are by no means unique to todays operations, the pace of change and inability to assess and predict in a timely manner the situations that Marines will face have intensified. Moreover, facing an agile, adaptive enemy means that Marines themselves must continually observe, learn, and adapt if they are to succeed. The Marine Corps has also been engaged in what are termed distributed operations for the past several decades. Distributed operations are practiced by general-purpose Marine Corps forces composed of small and highly capable units spread across a large area of operations, operating with deliberate dispersion while separated beyond the limits of mutual support.
Keywords Decision making
Hybrid warfare
Marine Corps
Marine small units leaders
Operational environment

Source Agency National Academy of Science National Research Council
NTIS Subject Category 70B - Management Practice
74 - Military Sciences
92E - International Relations
Corporate Author National Research Council, Washington, DC. Naval Studies Board.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1225
Contract Number N00014-05-G-0288

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